Cincinnati Reds vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Reds (-147) Royals (+136)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Jorge Soler and the Kansas City Royals (9-13, 5th in AL Central) will play the Cincinnati Reds (9-11, 4th in NL Central) on Tuesday. The Reds open this matchup at -147 while the Royals are coming in at +136. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Trevor Bauer and Brad Keller.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/16/2020 Robert Stephenson RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/16/2020 Mike Moustakas 2B Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/13/2020 Wade Miley SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/11/2020 Pedro Strop RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
7/31/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/16/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Probable for Aug 17
8/16/2020 Jake Junis SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/12/2020 Randy Rosario RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 9-11 overall record this season. Bauer has taken the hill for 1,136 innings and is sitting with 1,211 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.99 (504 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.283. He has surrendered 1,017 hits (8.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 441 walks. Bauer (72-60 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 3.93 while he has faced 4,822 hitters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.23 and they have given up 56 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .182 against the bullpen and they've struck out 94 hitters and walked 37 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 12 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 136 base hits and 82 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 72 batters and struck out 230. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 12 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.85.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .220, good for 27th in the league. The Reds hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Tucker Barnhart is hitting .167 with an on-base percentage of .189. He has 6 hits this season in 36 at bats with 5 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .278 and an OPS+ of 24. Jesse Winker is hitting .365 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .484. He has totaled 19 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 52 at bats. His OPS+ is 217 while his slugging percentage is at .712. The Reds have 140 hits, including 30 doubles and 33 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 84 times so far this season and they have struck out 170 times as a unit. They have left 128 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 91 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 9-13 overall mark this year. Keller (18-20 career record) has a 3.56 ERA while giving up 8.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 1.82 and he has faced 1,334 batters so far in his pro baseball career. So far in his pro baseball career, Keller has allowed 292 base knocks while he has totaled 228 punchouts in 316 frames. He has given up 125 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.319 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.51 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 101 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 171 base knocks and 83 earned runs this season. They have given up 31 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 76 hitters and struck out 189 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.71.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 8th in the league. The Royals hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Jorge Soler comes into this matchup batting .244 with an OBP of .323. He has 20 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 82 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .451 with an OPS+ of 108. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting .255 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 12 hits in 47 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 90 and a slugging percentage of .362. The Royals as a unit have 184 base hits, including 43 doubles and 27 homers. Kansas City has walked 54 times this year and they have struck out on 192 occasions. They have had 135 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They have scored 4.18 runs per game and totaled 92 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals (+136)
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