Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet for game two of their series in Kansas City. The Indians are -130 favorites over the Royals with an over/under total set at 9.5 runs.
The Kansas City Royals had a game on Monday that they want to forget about in a hurry. Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, and Wilson Betemit had three of the five Royals hits that yielded just one run on the night. Kyle Davis left the game after allowing 2 runs on three walks and retiring just one batter but the two charged runs gave him his sixth loss of the year and while the bullpen was rocked, it was Vin Mazzaro who allowed 11 hits and 14 runs over two and a third innings who brought his ERA to 22.74. For Tuesday’s game Kansas City starts Sean O’Sullivan who gets moved up in the rotation a day. For the season O’Sullivan has allowed 30 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 14 in 35.2 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians got the bats cooking on Monday night and never took their foot off of the gas pedal. Michael Brantley had a home run, two hits and four RBI’s, Matt LaPorta had four hits, and Travis Buck and Orlando Cabrera had three hits as the Indians unleashed a 20 hit 19 run bombardment of the Royals staff. Josh Tomlin allowed five hits and a run over six innings of work to get his fifth win of the year as those were the only hits the tribe allowed on the night. For Tuesday’s game Cleveland starts Carlos Carrasco who hasn’t won in over a month. For the season Carrasco has allowed 38 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 20 in 34 innings of work.
Kansas City is 7-4 in their last 10 home games, 6-2 in their last eight home games against a right-handed starter, and 1-7 against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 7-0 against the AL Central, 12-5 in their last 17 overall, and 5-13 in Carrasco’s last 18 starts. Cleveland is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
The Royals will need a short memory but I believe they have the edge in this spot. Take the Royals +110 here.
Kansas City Royals +110 Cleveland Indians