Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals 8/31/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 31, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Cashner vs. Brad Keller
The Baltimore Orioles visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday, August 31, 2018 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Andrew Cashner for the Orioles and Brad Keller for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +118 and Kansas City at -128. The Orioles have a 59-70-5 over/under record and a 56-78-0 run line mark. The Royals are 60-73-0 against the run line and have a 57-67-9 over/under record.
Valuable Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 59-70-5 against the over/under
The Baltimore Orioles are 56-78-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 57-67-9 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 60-73-0 against the run line
Key Baltimore Orioles Injuries
08/21/18 DH Mark Trumbo Knee 10-day DL (08/20)
08/03/18 P Jhan Marinez Hamstring 10-day DL (08/03)
07/04/18 3B Steve Wilkerson Oblique 10-day DL (07/04)
06/15/18 P Richard Bleier Shoulder 10-day DL (06/14)
06/12/18 P Pedro Araujo Elbow 10-day DL (06/11)
05/02/18 SS Luis Sardinas Back 60-day DL (04/29)
04/25/18 P Gabriel Ynoa Shin 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Orioles have a 40-94 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has a 4-12 record with an earned run average of 4.79 and a WHIP of 1.50 this season. He has 97 strikeouts over his 141 innings pitched and he's given up 153 hits. He's allowed 9.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.85. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 489 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen and they've struck out 425 hitters and walked 232 batters. As a team, Baltimore allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.12. The Orioles pitchers collectively have given up 1,297 base hits and 676 earned runs. They have allowed 190 home runs this season, ranking them 2nd in the league. Baltimore as a pitching staff has walked 486 batters and struck out 997. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.50 and their FIP as a unit is 4.93.
As a team Baltimore is hitting .239, good for 26th in the league. The Orioles hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Adam Jones is hitting .285 with an on-base percentage of .318. He has 141 hits this season in 495 at bats with 55 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .432 and an OPS+ of 105. Trey Mancini is hitting .243 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .305. He has totaled 115 hits and he has driven in 48 men in 474 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .416. The Orioles have 1,095 hits, including 207 doubles and 164 home runs. Baltimore has walked 363 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,163 times as a unit. They have left 861 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 3.95 runs per contest and have scored a total of 529 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 42-91 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.33, Brad Keller has a 6-5 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 72 strikeouts over the 105.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 101 hits. He's allowing 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.76. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.19 and they have given up 480 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 365 batters and walked 206 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.21. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,273 base knocks and 678 earned runs this season. They have given up 174 home runs this year, which ranks 5th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 474 hitters and struck out 963 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.49 while their FIP as a staff is 4.78.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 23rd in the league. The Royals hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .307 with an OBP of .373. He has 156 hits this year along with 47 RBI in 508 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .439 with an OPS+ of 123. Salvador Perez is hitting .235 this season and he has an OBP of .274. He has collected 102 hits in 434 at bats while driving in 65 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .438. The Royals as a unit have 1,090 base hits, including 222 doubles and 121 homers. Kansas City has walked 348 times this year and they have struck out on 1,056 occasions. They have had 874 men left on base and have an OPS of .684. They have scored 3.74 runs per game and totaled 498 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Orioles/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Orioles +118
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