Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, 9/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+110) Baltimore (-135)
Oriole Park is the site where John Means and the Baltimore Orioles (44-93, 5th in AL East) will take on the Kansas City Royals (62-76, 4th in AL Central) on Thursday. The line on this game has the Royals priced at +110 and the Orioles are at -135. The over/under opens at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Carlos Hernandez and John Means.
As a team, the Kansas City Royals are earning 4.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 24th in baseball. They have tallied 574 runs while having a team OBP of .302. The Royals have hit 196 two-baggers as a team and have hit 141 baseballs out of the park. They have recorded 541 RBI's and 1,123 hits on the season, and their average at the plate is sitting at .243. Kansas City has a slugging percentage of .388 and have struck out 1,092 times, while drawing a walk on 359 occasions.
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Royals pitchers have surrendered 166 home runs and 668 runs (20th in the league). They have walked 518 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.40 as a squad so far this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.29 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.40. The Royals have an earned run average of 4.67 this season (23rd in baseball), and they have struck out 1,185 hitters.
The Royals bullpen have a save rate of 60.8% and stepped onto the hill in 123 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 201 base runners so far this season and 28.9% of those runners earned a run for their team. Royals relief pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 130 times in addition to having 134 appearances in high leverage situations. The Royals have sent 468 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The bullpen have accumulated 70 holds for the year (14th in the league). They have recorded 31 saves this season and have blown 20 of 51 chances to get a save.
The Kansas City Royals have accumulated 3,601 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,188 assists and 73 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which has them sitting 13th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 942 double plays. The Royals have turned 68.3% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 10,803 innings, which has them sitting 27th in baseball.
Hernandez has taken the mound for 85 innings and has accumulated 82 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.80 (36 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.301. He has conceded 74 base hits (7.8 hits per 9 innings) with 37 free passes. Hernandez (5-2 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.21 while he has gone up against 358 opposing batters in the majors.
The Orioles have a slugging percentage of .404 and they have an average of 4.13 runs per game (26th in MLB). They have 233 two-baggers, while taking a walk 381 times and scoring 566 runs. Baltimore has accounted for 166 home runs for the year to go along with 544 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,216 instances (13th in MLB) and have earned 1,103 hits. The Baltimore Orioles have an OBP of .304 as well as a team batting average of .240 on the campaign.
The Baltimore pitching staff have surrendered 796 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 5.74 (756 earned runs yielded). They have given up 210 HR's and they surrender 6.04 runs per 9 innings (30th in MLB). The Orioles are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.471 and have a FIP of 5.02 as a unit over the course of the season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.24 (1,084 strikeouts vs 485 walks). They are currently ranked 29th in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,260.
Baltimore relievers hold an inherited score rate of 40.1% out of 284 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 131 times in high leverage situations and on 176 occasions with runners on. With 93 save situations, the Orioles have amassed 52 holds and 20 blown saves. They are ranked 29th in MLB holding a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 473 relievers to the mound this season. Baltimore has had relievers enter the contest in 40 save opportunities and they have come away with 20 saves.
The Baltimore Orioles have turned 82 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in baseball). The Orioles have racked up 1,131 assists, 65 errors and have a total of 3,532 putouts for the season. In 10,596 innings on the field, the Orioles have earned a defensive efficiency of 68.2% (28th in pro baseball).
Means (19-21 record in his career) has a 3.78 earned run average and has conceded 7.8 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.18 and he has faced 1,304 opposing hitters thus far in his career. He has given up a total of 135 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.071 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. In his career, Means has conceded 278 hits while earning 276 punch outs in 321 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+110)
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