Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians
The top two teams in the American League Central face off as the Kansas City Royals host the Cleveland Indians.Â The Indians are -105 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 8.5 runs.
The Kansas City Royals are within a game of the lead in the AL Central and they have a chance to get there on Wednesday. On Tuesday Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar had two hits each as the Royals turned nine hits into five runs getting the win. Bruce Chen allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out five over seven innings of work to get his third win of the year and Joakim Soria allowed a hit and a run but picked up his fifth save of the season. For Wednesday’s game KC starts Luke Hochevar who has won his last two starts. For the season Hochevar has allowed 22 hits and 15 runs, 12 earned, while striking out 16 in 25.2 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians are one of the surprise teams this early season and while they lost on Tuesday, they are still in first place in the AL Central. Michael Brantley has three hits, Austin Kearns scored twice, and Lou Marson drove in two runs to lead the offense but the Tribe were only able to convert their nine hits into four runs which wasn’t enough. Jeanmar Gomez allowed nine hits and five runs while striking out three over 4.1 innings of work to take the loss. On Wednesday Cleveland starts Justin Masterson who looks better than ever thus far this year. SO far this season Masterson has allowed 15 hits and three runs while striking out 12 in 20.1 innings of work.
Kansas City is 6-2 in their last eight home games against a right handed starter, 8-3 in their last 11 home games, and 5-14 in Hochevar’s last 19 starts in game three of a series. Cleveland is 4-1 in their last five game three of a series, 19-8 in their last 27 games overall, and 4-1 in Masterson’s last five road starts. Cleveland is 4-1 in their last five meetings in Kansas City.
While Kansas City’s Bruce Chen is one of the more surprising pitchers in baseball this year, Justin Masterson is equally as surprising. Masterson has always had the stuff but this is the first year he seems to have put it all together. I think Masterson is the difference here and will take the Indians minus the 105.