Cleveland Indians (73-52) vs Kansas City Royals (38-88)Date : 08/24/2018
Time : 8:15 PM ET
Location : Kauffman Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
The Royals will welcome the Indians to Kauffman Stadium as the two teams from the AL Central will go head to head in a three-game series starting on Friday. The Royals in the last place of the division while the Indians are on top of the division. This will be their fourth meeting of the season, the Indians lead the season series 3-0 over the Royals.
Game 1: 8:15 PM ET
Game 2: 7:15 PM ET
Game 3: 2:15 PM ET
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Indians will cap off their seven-game road trip against the Royals. The Indians are on a three-game winning streak with two wins coming from Fenway Park. The Indians are in the driver’s seat to claim the AL Central division with ease they now have 73 wins on the season. The Indians have won 14 of their last 17 games. The Indians have not yet lost a series to the Royals this season they are 3-0 when facing them. Coming into this series the Indians are 8th in pitching with a 3.74 ERA and 3rd best in batting with 639 runs scored this season they have turned up the heat in the second half of the season.
Player to watch in this series: Yan Gomes, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday in Boston. He singled in a run in the fourth inning to get the scoring going and gave the Indians the lead with a solo homer. He is up to 12 homers on the season. He should have a great series against the Royals on the road.
- RBIs: Jose Ramirez (91)
- Homers: Jose Ramirez (37)
- Batting Average: Michael Brantley (.304)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Mike Clevinger, he pitched six shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. He has a 3.25 ERA with a 155/53 K/BB ratio over 25 starts. He starts on Friday in the series opener.
Game 2: Corey Kluber, he will be looking for win number 17 going up against the Royals on Saturday. He is 16-6 on the season with a 2.74 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 166/23 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings.
Game 3: Shane Bieber, he allowed three runs across 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Indians’ 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. He is 7-2 on the year through 13 starts on the season with a 4.36 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. He starts on Sunday in the rubber game against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Royals will be back at Kauffman Stadium for an eight-game homestand beginning on Friday. The homestand opens with a three-game series against the division leader the Indians. The Royals are coming off a series loss against the Rays. It has been a tough season for the Royals supporters this season they are last in the AL Central division and traded away their best player Moustakas to the Brewers. The Royals are projected to win 56 games this season. The Royals have the worst home record in the Majors they are 18-44 when playing at home this season. Coming into this series the Royals are last in batting and pitching with 460 runs scored and a 5.27 ERA respectively.
Player to watch in this series: Ryan O’Hearn, he hit his fifth homer to give the Royals their only run Tuesday against the Rays. He is just 8-for-44 since his call-up July 31, but the majority of those hits have been homers. He ended the Royals scoring drought at 20 with his homer. The Royals will take any kind of offense at this point of the season. In his 18 starts, he has 11 RBIs and 8 homers.
- RBIs: Salvador Perez (60)
- Homers: Salvador Perez (21)
- Batting Average: Whit Merrifield (.303)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Health Fillmyer, he allowed six runs over three innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Sunday. He’s 1-1 with a 4.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 27/23 K/BB ratio. He’s also given up seven homers in 45 1/3 innings. He’ll face the Indians at home in his next start on Friday.
Game 2: Jorge Lopez, he allowed a one-run ball in five innings in a loss against the Rays on Monday. He is 0-3 on the season with a 3.99 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. He will start on Saturday for the Royals.
Game 3: Danny Duffy, he will be closing things out for the Royals in the rubber game against the Indians. He has a 4.90 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 128/64 K/BB ratio in 143 1/3 innings in 22 starts this season.
How Cleveland Indians & Kansas City Royals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Royals are 24-61 in their last 85 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Indians are 19-7 in their last 26 overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
The Indians are playing with no pressure since they already know that they are making the postseason as the AL Central division so that gives them a pass to breeze through these last few months of the regular season as they prepare themselves for the playoffs. The Indians come from a weaker division compared to the other top teams but they have a very solid team picking up wins from Fenway against a very strong team like the Red Sox tells you something about this Indians team. The Indians should sweep the Royals on the road it will be their fourth straight series win against the Royals. For the Royals, they will have a tough time putting up runs against the Indians at home.
The Indians to sweep the Royals on the road 3-0.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Indians are 17-4 in their last 21 road games.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Royals are 17-51 in their last 68 overall.