Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Cain vs. Jason Hammel
The San Francisco Giants visit Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Matt Cain for the Giants and Jason Hammel for the Royals.
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The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at +133 and Kansas City at -143. The Giants have a 7-7-0 over/under record and a 5-9-0 run line mark. The Royals are 7-5-0 against the run line and have a 4-6-2 over/under record.
Valuable San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 7-7-0 against the over/under
The San Francisco Giants are 5-9-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 4-6-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 7-5-0 against the run line
Key San Francisco Giants Injuries
04/16/17 RF Jarrett Parker Collarbone 10-day DL (4/15)
04/15/17 C Buster Posey Head 7-day DL (04/11)
04/03/17 P Will Smith Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
04/02/17 RF Mac Williamson Quad 10-day DL (03/30)
04/02/17 C Trevor Brown Ankle 10-day DL (03/30)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
04/02/17 3B Hunter Dozier Oblique 60-day DL (4/2)
04/02/17 LF Jorge Soler Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Brian Flynn Ribs 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Giants have a 5-9 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Matt Cain has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 4.82 and a WHIP of 1.82. He has 9 strikeouts over his 9.1 innings pitched and he's given up 11 hits. He allows 10.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.72. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen and they've struck out 33 hitters and walked 14 batters. As a team, San Francisco allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Giants pitchers collectively have given up 117 base hits and 57 earned runs. They have allowed 14 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 40 batters and struck out 121. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.52.
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As a team San Francisco is hitting .237, good for 17th in the league. The Giants hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Brandon Belt is hitting .216 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 11 hits this season in 51 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .490 and an OPS+ of 123. Brandon Crawford is hitting .298 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .327. He has totaled 14 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 47 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .532. The Giants have 111 hits, including 26 doubles and 11 home runs. San Francisco has walked 44 times so far this season and they have struck out 101 times as a unit. They have left 96 men on base and have a team OPS of .684. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 59 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 6-6 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.52, Jason Hammel has a 0-1 record and a 1.97 WHIP. He has 6 strikeouts over the 9.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 13 hits. He allows 12.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.68 and they have given up 30 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 26 batters and walked 27 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 88 base knocks and 44 earned runs this season. They have given up 8 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 55 hitters and struck out 88 batters. They give up a walk 4.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 29th in the league. The Royals hold a .347 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .276, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Alex Gordon comes into this matchup batting .188 with an OBP of .250. He has 9 hits this year along with 4 RBI in 48 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .229 with an OPS+ of 36. Eric Hosmer is hitting .196 this season and he has an OBP of .245. He has collected 9 hits in 46 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 42 and a slugging percentage of .261. The Royals as a unit have 81 base hits, including 8 doubles and 15 homers. Kansas City has walked 34 times this year and they have struck out on 102 occasions. They have had 70 men left on base and have an OPS of .623. They have scored 3.17 runs per game and totaled 38 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Giants/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Giants +133
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