Kansas City Royals vs Cincinnati Reds Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/12/2020
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Cincinnati Reds
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+130) Reds (-140)
Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals (7-10, 5th in AL Central) are headed to Great American Ball Park on Wednesday where they'll take on the Cincinnati Reds (7-9, 2nd in NL Central). The moneyline on this contest has the Royals coming in at +130 and the Reds are at -140. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Brad Keller and Wade Miley.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/9/2020 Josh Staumont RP Back Probable for Aug 11
8/8/2020 Randy Rosario RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/11/2020 Pedro Strop RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/9/2020 Mike Moustakas 2B Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/9/2020 Wade Miley SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 7-10 overall record this season. Keller has taken the mound for 310 frames and has totaled 225 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.63 (125 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.328. He has given up 290 hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 122 walks. Keller (17-20 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.96 while he has gone up against 1,312 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.16 and they have given up 72 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the bullpen and they've struck out 80 hitters and walked 29 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 139 base hits and 65 earned runs. They have allowed 23 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 56 batters and struck out 146. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.45.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .258, good for 3rd in the league. The Royals hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .351. He has 19 hits this season in 67 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .507 and an OPS+ of 138. Salvador Perez is hitting .319 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 22 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 69 at bats. His OPS+ is 136 while his slugging percentage is at .522. The Royals have 150 hits, including 37 doubles and 21 home runs. Kansas City has walked 36 times so far this season and they have struck out 141 times as a unit. They have left 107 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 4.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cincinnati has a 7-9 overall mark this year. During his career, Miley has conceded 1,455 base hits while accumulating 1,118 strikeouts in 1,405 frames. He has allowed a total of 664 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.386 and having a FIP of 4.2. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.27 and he has gone up against 6,041 batters during his career. Miley (85-83 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 4.25 ERA while allowing 9.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.77 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .204 against the Reds bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 67 batters and walked 28 opposing hitters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 12.2 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Reds pitchers as a team have surrendered 104 base knocks and 64 earned runs this season. They have given up 19 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Cincinnati as a staff has walked 56 hitters and struck out 185 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 12.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.18 while their FIP as a staff is 3.64.
As a team, they are batting .203, good for 29th in the league. The Reds hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.3 hits per contest. Joey Votto comes into this matchup batting .196 with an OBP of .339. He has 9 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 46 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .391 with an OPS+ of 100. Nicholas Castellanos is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 17 hits in 58 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 193 and a slugging percentage of .724. The Reds as a unit have 101 base hits, including 21 doubles and 22 homers. Cincinnati has walked 68 times this year and they have struck out on 132 occasions. They have had 103 men left on base and have an OPS of .695. They have scored 4.19 runs per game and totaled 67 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Reds MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals (+130)
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