Royals Slightly Favored in Friday Night MLB

Baltimore Orioles (+107) at Kansas City Royals (-116, 8 O/U )

The Kansas City Royals saw their three game winning streak snapped last night, losing 2-1 in Thursday’s series opener. They’ll try to regain their momentum as -116 favorites in Friday night action. Baltimore also saw a streak snapped; this one was a four game losing streak. Nelson Cruz delivered the big blow, hitting a two run homer that was enough as the awful Kansas City bats slumbered once more.

Right-hander Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight for the road team Orioles. He is 3-2 on the year with a 3.96 ERA. Tillman has struggled to pitch deep into games during the past month. The right-hander allowed three runs over five innings in a loss to Houston, walking five batters in the process. The Orioles are 6-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 50% of those games. The Kansas City Royals will send right-hander Jeremy Guthrie out as their starter; he has a 2-2 record so far in 2014. Hammered by three homers, Guthrie had his shortest 2014 outing, 4 2/3 innings, Sunday at Seattle. He gave up eight hits, two walks and seven runs. He was coming off his longest outing, eight innings with one run at San Diego. He last won April 9. The Royals are 5-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 63% of those games. The game time temperature will be 55°F with winds blowing at 5 mph. The humidity will be around 42%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Baltimore Orioles versus Guthrie: 34 years old right-hander, 6’1” 205 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, slider, curve

Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 91.8: 2014 velocity, 91: velocity over the last two weeks, 91

Runs per game (league ranking), 10 (4.23 per game) : Home Runs, 20 (31 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 3 (.264) : OB%, 22 (.313) : Slugging, 10 (.399)

      Walks, 32 (2.3 per game) : Strikeouts, 29 (7.4) : Stolen Bases, 29 (12 SBs)

      Last seven games, 12 (.742 OPS) : Last 14 games, 14 (.715 OPS) : Last 28 games, 10 (.719 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 11 (.726 OPS) : Versus lefties, 24 (.661 OPS)

          Home, 28 (.639 OPS) : Away, 2 (.772 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 16 (.698 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 26 (.617 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 13 (.735 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22 (.681 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 25 (.614 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 7 (.749 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 24 (.654 OPS)

                    First five innings, 19 (.687 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 10 (.722 OPS)

                      Kansas City Royals versus Tillman: 25 years old right-hander, 6’5” 210 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup,

                      Fly Ball Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 91.6: 2014 velocity, 90.5: velocity over the last two weeks, 90

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 22 (4 per game) : Home Runs, 32 (16 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 8 (.257) : OB%, 24 (.308) : Slugging, 29 (.363)

                          Walks, 28 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 31 (5.9) : Stolen Bases, 8 (27 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 20 (.670 OPS) : Last 14 games, 25 (.665 OPS) : Last 28 games, 16 (.693 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 19 (.689 OPS) : Versus lefties, 29 (.624 OPS)

                              Home, 21 (.690 OPS) : Away, 22 (.659 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 25 (.617 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 23 (.627 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 19 (.710 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 21 (.689 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 25 (.614 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 23 (.667 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 20 (.677 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 17 (.698 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.611 OPS)