Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet for game two of their series at Progressive Field. The Indians are -160 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians have been competing in the American League Central all season long but right now the bats have gone quiet and they are moving in the wrong direction in the standings. On Tuesday Orlando Cabrera had two hits and Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Carlos Santana each had a hit as the Indians had five hits and were shut out. On the mound starter Carlos Carrasco was shelled as he allowed seven hits and seven runs in 3.1 innings to take his ninth loss of the year and Frank Herrmann was tattooed coming out of the bullpen allowing six hits and four runs over two innings. For Saturday’s game Cleveland starts Justin Masterson who has been solid on the mound but he hasn’t gotten a lot support by the bats nor the gloves behind him. For the season Masterson has allowed 127 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 107 in 143.1 innings of work.
The Kansas City Royals may not be having the season they had been hoping for but it isn’t the fault of the bats as we saw once again on Friday. Alcides Escobar had three hits, Billy Butler had two home runs, Melky Cabrera had a grand slam, and Alex Gordon hit a solo home run as the Royals converted 16 hits into 12 runs in the route. Starting pitcher Jeff Francis was as good as he’s ever been allowing just four hits and striking out six over eight shutout innings to get his fourth win of the year. For Saturday’s game Kansas City starts the hard throwing Felipe Paulino who has lost four of his last five starts. For the season Paulino has allowed 63 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 59 over 60.2 innings of work.
Cleveland is 21-8 in their last 29 as a home favorite, 1-7 in their last eight games overall, and 0-5 in Masterson’s last five starts against the A.L. Central. Kansas City is 6-13 in game two of a series, 25-59 in their last 84 road games, and 7-16 in their last 23 against the A.L. Central. Kansas City is 1-6 in their last seven meetings in Cleveland.
The Indians have been horrible of late and the Royals have been swinging the bats but as good as I think Paulino is going to be with the heater he has, he hasn’t been able to convert it into wins yet and the Indians get a win here. Take the Indians minus the 160.
Cleveland Indians -160 Kansas City Royals