Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet for game two of their series in Cleveland. The Indians are -155 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Cleveland Indians haven’t given up yet and with the Detroit Tigers barely in their sights, they can’t afford to slip up anymore. On Friday Carlos Santana and Kosuke Fukudome each had two hits and scored a run and Jack Hannahan had two hits and an RBI as the Indians scored two runs on seven hits. On the mound Ubaldo Jimenez allowed seven hits and a run while striking out 10 over seven innings to earn his second win as an Indian and Chris pErez earned his 28th save of the year. For Saturday’s game Cleveland starts Fausto Carmona who has a no decision and a win in his last two starts. For the season Carmona has allowed 154 hits and 80 earned runs while striking out 88 in 151.1 innings of work.
The Kansas City Royals will see better days but getting to them has involved enduring some rough days this season. On Friday Eric Hosmer had two hits including a home run, Mike Moustakas had two hits, and Melky Cabrera had a hit as the Royals scored once on eight hits. On the mound Felipe Paulino allowed six hits and two runs while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work to take his sixth loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Kansas City starts Danny Duffy who has lost his last four starts. For the season Duffy has allowed 103 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 72 over 88.2 innings of work.
Cleveland is 2-6 in their last eight games overall, 5-1 in their last six game two of a series, and 1-6 in Carmona’s last seven home starts. Kansas City is 5-13 in their last 18 overall, 1-5 in their last six road games against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Duffy’s last five road starts. Kansas City is 2-7 in the last nine meetings of these two.
The pitching matchup looks like a wash here but the Indians have an edge being the home team. Take the Indians minus the 155.
Cleveland Indians -155 Kansas City Royals