Cleveland Guardians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 7/9/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Guardians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Kauffman Stadium is the site where the Kansas City Royals (30-50) will take on the Cleveland Guardians (40-40) on Saturday. The expected starting pitchers are Triston McKenzie and Jon Heasley.
As a team, the Cleveland Guardians are putting up 4.3 runs per contest, which ranks them 19th in MLB. They have earned a total of 341 runs and have an on-base percentage of .307. The Guardians have compiled 144 doubles as a unit and have hit 62 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 323 runs batted in and 656 base knocks on the season, and their batting average is sitting at .243. Cleveland is slugging .377 and have been called out on strikes 556 times, while taking a walk on 235 occasions.
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The Guardians have a team earned run average of 4.05 on the campaign (19th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 655 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.66 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.26. Guardians pitchers have yielded 94 home runs in addition to 357 runs in total (19th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 246 batters and their FIP comes in at 4.17 as a team this season.
The Guardians bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 72.4% and has come into the game in 53 save situations. The relievers have inherited 97 base runners on the year and 32.0% of them crossed home plate. Guardians relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 70 times in addition to having 83 appearances in high leverage situations. The Guardians have sent 250 relievers to the hill for the season. The relievers have a total of 21 holds on the campaign (30th in baseball). They have compiled 21 saves this year and have blown 8 of 29 save opportunities.
The Guardians have converted 70.0% of balls in play into outs out of their 6,381 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 13th in baseball. The Cleveland Guardians have accounted for 2,127 putouts on the year, as well as 715 assists and 51 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .982 which ranks 24th in baseball, and have accumulated 63 double plays.
McKenzie has taken the hill for 240 innings and is sitting with 258 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. McKenzie (12-16 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.55 and he has faced 967 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.26 (114 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.072. He has given up 169 base knocks (6.3 hits per nine innings) and has 89 walks.
The Royals hold a team slugging percentage of .380 and they score 3.95 runs per game (26th in the league). They have recorded 127 doubles, while getting a free base 248 times and scoring 316 runs. Kansas City has compiled 70 home runs so far this year as well as 302 RBIs. They have been rung up on 609 occasions (27th in baseball) and have totaled 649 hits. The Kansas City Royals have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .307 in addition to a team batting average of .240 so far this year.
The Royals have a WHIP of 1.474 in addition to having a FIP of 4.57 as a staff so far this year. They rank 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 720. The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 415 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.97 (388 earned runs allowed). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.83 (578 strikeouts vs 316 walks). They have given up 88 home runs and they relinquish 5.31 runs per 9 innings (26th in MLB).
Kansas City relievers have an inherited score percentage of 29.7% of 165 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 94 times in high leverage situations and on 104 occasions with runners on. With 78 save situations, the Royals have accrued 46 holds and also 11 blown saves. They rank 18th in baseball with a save percentage of 62.1%, and they have sent 290 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. Kansas City has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 29 save chances and they have come away with 18 saves.
In 6,327 innings on the diamond, the Royals have earned a defensive efficiency of 68.8% (23rd in professional baseball). The Kansas City Royals have gotten 65 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .988 (6th in baseball). The Royals have accrued 734 assists, 35 errors and are sitting with 2,109 putouts this year.
Heasley (2-5 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.80 ERA and has allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.52 and he has gone up against 283 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has allowed 35 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.386 and having a FIP of 5.5. In his MLB career, Heasley has given up 62 base hits while he has tallied 44 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City
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