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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 6/22/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  +135

-1.5  -155



KANSAS CITY (22 - 52) at HOUSTON (50 - 26)
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Friday, 6/22/2018 8:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
971KANSAS CITY+250Ov 8.5,+100+270Ov 8.5,-105
972HOUSTON-295Un 8.5,-120-340Un 8.5,-115
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games22-52-2328-423.60.2400.2950.3620.6575.60.2790.3410.4520.793
Road Games12-23-3.113-203.90.2450.2960.3710.6675.40.2720.3350.4470.782
vs Left-handed Starters10-14-0.59-153.80.2390.2970.3590.6574.80.2670.3220.4170.739
Past 7 Games0-7-73-42.10.1900.2510.2710.5236.30.2950.3680.4670.835
Grass Games22-49-2026-423.60.2400.2950.3570.6525.40.2760.3370.4480.785
Night Games12-31-1518-223.90.2490.3070.3740.6815.50.2780.3380.4530.791
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.60.2400.2957425246071138590.3622511975303049782316524
Road Games3.90.2450.296351223300482340.371130882571123538192512
Lefty Starters3.80.2390.29724804192332200.3598467180141572814216
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.531.504242.71621492643910119110-15161257.1%
Road Games5.231.46710571611111743874-89660%

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games50-26+735-375.20.2670.3340.4270.7603.10.2080.2660.3390.605
Home Games21-15-7.114-214.10.2440.3130.3850.6993.20.2080.2590.3560.615
vs Left-handed Starters17-11-2.313-144.90.2660.3370.4140.7513.10.2140.2670.3570.624
Past 7 Games6-1+3.65-26.00.3150.3750.5060.8812.70.1700.2420.2910.533
Grass Games50-26+735-375.20.2670.3340.4270.7603.10.2080.2660.3390.605
Night Games33-20-0.422-284.80.2670.3360.4140.7502.90.2050.2660.3370.603
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.20.2670.3347626006941309890.4273802606023450589264932
Home Games4.10.2440.313361152281433380.3851421162851823235132119
Lefty Starters4.90.2660.33728950253424300.414133102226151863691917
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.721.051208.36563166185325012-1118966.7%
Home Games3.301.20695.336359211231137-79660%
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/8/2018JUNIS(R)@ OAKLANDMONTAS(R)2-7L1357.5 evO7711151
6/9/2018DUFFY(L)@ OAKLANDBASSITT(R)2-0W1558.5 ovU450471
6/10/2018KELLER(R)@ OAKLANDMANAEA(L)2-3L1558 ovU761782
6/12/2018KENNEDY(R)CINCINNATIROMANO(R)1-5L-1059.5 ovU451881
6/13/2018HAMMEL(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)0-7L+1159.5 unU563940
6/15/2018JUNIS(R)HOUSTONMORTON(R)3-7L+2058.5 ovO5501240
6/16/2018DUFFY(L)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)2-10L+2209.5 ovO6711031
6/17/2018KELLER(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)4-7L+2309.5 ovO6501571
6/18/2018KENNEDY(R)TEXASCOLON(R)3-6L+1009.5 ovU960882
6/19/2018HAMMEL(R)TEXASHAMELS(L)1-4L+1259 ovU45112101
6/20/2018JUNIS(R)TEXASBIBENS-DIRKX(R)2-3L-1059.5 unU7406100
6/29/2018 @ SEATTLE  

HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/8/2018VERLANDER(R)@ TEXASFISTER(R)7-3W-1909 ovO1040550
6/9/2018MORTON(R)@ TEXASMINOR(L)4-3W-1709.5 evU9415170
6/10/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ TEXASMOORE(L)8-7W-18510.5 unO126116101
6/12/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ OAKLANDMENGDEN(R)6-3W-1408.5 unO1291790
6/13/2018COLE(R)@ OAKLANDBLACKBURN(R)13-5W-1907.5 ovO1481740
6/14/2018VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDMONTAS(R)7-3W-1907.5 evO1380532
6/15/2018MORTON(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)7-3W-2258.5 ovO1240550
6/16/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)10-2W-2409.5 ovO1031671
6/17/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)7-4W-2609.5 ovO1571650
6/18/2018COLE(R)TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)5-4W-2757 ovO1081443
6/19/2018VERLANDER(R)TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)1-2L-2357 unU580880
6/20/2018MORTON(R)TAMPA BAYEOVALDI(R)5-1W-2307.5 unU1151480
6/28/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
6/29/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
Astros stick with short bullpen against Royals

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch occasionally bristles at conventional methodology, particularly given the availability of superior data and how its dissemination shapes decisions.

For instance, last Friday in Kansas City, the Astros (50-26) recalled first baseman Tyler White to take the roster spot of left-handed reliever Reymin Guduan, who made one appearance two days earlier before being placed on the paternity list for the birth of his child.

That move left the Astros one arm short in the bullpen and, when Guduan exhausted his time on the paternity list, the organization returned him to Triple-A Fresno instead of recalling him to Houston.

The Astros have completed two series with an extra position player on their bench, a move that some might consider unorthodox but one Hinch is reticent to harp on, despite being asked about his roster configuration more than once in the past week.

"In the heat in Kansas City, it was nice to have an extra guy when we won by a lot," Hinch said of a 10-2 victory on June 16. "Maneuvering some pinch-hit opportunities has been key. Obviously, it allowed us to start an all right-handed lineup (Tuesday against Rays left-hander Blake Snell) and give (second baseman Jose) Altuve most of the day off.

"Our starters have gone pretty deep ... the last two outings, which has allowed the bullpen to get rested. It feels a little different to have seven relievers, but in actuality, that's too many. I'd have five position players on the bench if I could."

The Astros, who will open a three-game series with the Royals on Friday at Minute Maid Park, will stand pat with seven relievers for the immediate future.

Right-hander Joe Smith, currently on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, has begun a throwing program and is poised for a return to the active roster that could reset the bullpen balance.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 4.15 ERA) will start the opener for Houston. He is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Royals and picked up the win over Kansas City in his last start, allowing two unearned runs, six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings in a 10-2 victory on June 16.

Keuchel had been 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in his previous five starts.

The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55 ERA) on Friday. Duffy surrendered seven runs (six earned), seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings of his previous start, a 10-2 loss to the Astros on June 16. He is 2-3 with a 5.29 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) against Houston.

Kansas City (22-52) has dropped nine consecutive games and 15 of 16 overall, including all three games during a series against the Astros last weekend at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are batting .188 this month, their worst record in any month under ninth-year manager Ned Yost.

The Royals last won a road series on May 21-23, taking the final two games of a three-game set at St. Louis.

Last Updated: 3/19/2019 10:06:41 PM EST

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