Kansas City Royals (12-23) vs Cleveland Indians (17-18)Date : 05/11/2018
Time : 7:10 PM
Location : Progressive Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians are set to return home from a road trip as they will host AL Central rival in the Kansas City Royals for game 1 of a 3 game home series at Progressive Field, first pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET. These two teams met for 3 games before this series where the Cleveland Indians were winners in 2 of those matchups.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Kansas City Royals have really turned it around as of recent as they have won 7 of their last 10 games which is one of the best stretches since they won the World Series back in 2015. The Royals were able to open their recent series against the Baltimore Orioles with an offensive explosion as they were able to score 10 runs in the first inning to eventually propel them to a 15-7 win. The Royals were able to receive back-to-back-to-back HRs from Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez which were 3 of the 4 first inning HRs. Moustakas continued his 2018 tear with another great game as he went 3 for 6 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs which helped contribute to his team-high 10 HRs and 28 RBIs. The Royals were also able to receive a great game from their 12th-year OF Alex Gordon who has been solid in the games he has been healthy for, and 5/8 was an example of that as he went 4 for 5 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. The success of the offense may overshadow the solid start from their 29-year-old starter Danny Duffy who has been sluggish this season. Duffy entered his recent start with a 0-4 record as well as a 5.63 ERA, but Duffy was good in his 8th start as he gave the Royals 5.1 innings where he only let up 1 run in what was his 1st win of the season. The bullpen needs to improve as the Royals had a 15-1 lead entering the bottom of the 8th inning, but by the end of the game the Orioles had 7 runs due to Burch Smith and Blaine Boyer giving up 6 runs in the final 2 innings.
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
Sluggish Start Leads To L
The Cleveland Indians find themselves below .500 after losing the first game of their previous series against the Milwaukee Brewers, but to Cleveland’s advantage, they still sit on top of their division as the AL Central is the weakest division in baseball. The Indians may have the advantage in the AL Central but they want to continue winning games to get themselves into playoff shape as every playoff team outside the Indians has a chance to compete for a championship come postseason time. The Indians should have been able to secure an easy win against the Brewers on 5/8 as they had their ace in Corey Kluber on the mound who has been excellent this season. Kluber entered his 8th start of the season with a 5-1 record as well as a 2.41 ERA, but a rough outing from Kluber has the team on the losing end of things for the 7th time in the last 10 games. Kluber allowed two HRs in the first 3 innings one of which was to a reliever which prompted Terry Francona to pull the ace after 6 innings as he gave up 3 earned runs. As Kluber gave up 3 runs a chunk of the Brewers runs were generated off the Indians defense as Cleveland committed 3 errors throughout the game. The Indians were only able to squeeze out 2 runs from their bats and one of the runs can be accredited to their stud leadoff hitter, Francisco Lindor. Lindor had a solid game from the plate as the SS went 2 for 4 with a solo HR to give him his 9th of the season as well as 21 RBIs.
How Kansas City Royals & Cleveland Indians Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kansas City is 12-23, 6-10 on the road.
Cleveland is 17-18, 11-8 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Jason Hammel (0-4, 4.78 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals vs. Trevor Bauer (2-3, 2.53 ERA) for the Cleveland Indians.
Hammel last started on 5/5 against the Tigers where he went 6.2 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits in a L.
Bauer last started on 5/5 against the Yankees where he went 6 innings striking out 8 guys in a L.
Cleveland ranks outside the top 10 in runs scored while Kansas City ranks in the bottom 10.
Cleveland ranks in the top 15 in team ERA while Kansas City ranks in the bottom 3.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
The Cleveland Indians have a very similar roster to their 2016 World Series push and it may even be better as the pitching staff is really deep, but the Indians have been inconsitent with their bats through the first month which has caused them to lose a couple of games. The Royals have been one of the worst teams in the pitching department all season and this may be just what the doctor ordered for the Indians as if they can’t crack through on Hammel they should be able to cause havoc on a sluggish bullpen. Cleveland has been solid at home all year and I expect this team to ramp up their play with a solid win.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Kansas City is 4-16 against right-handed pitchers this season.
- The under is 20-13-2 in all games this season.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Cleveland is 7-2 against AL Central opponents this season.
- The over is 12-7 at home this season.