Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals return home from the road as they host the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are -135 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 8.
While the Kansas City Royals are in last place in the American League Central, they are a team that is really nothing more than just a few pieces away from becoming a contender so as they play out the season the experience they are gaining should prove valuable down the road. The Royals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-37 at home this season, and have the second worst record in the American League. As a team Kansas City is hitting .269 led by Alex Gordon at .304, Melky Cabrera at .303, Billy Butler at .296, and Eric Hosmer at .283. Pitching has been the Royals problem and as a team they have a combined ERA of 4.51 with the starters at 4.95 and the bullpen at 3.71. For game one against the Indians Kansas City starts Bruce Chen who has won five consecutive starts. For the season Chen has allowed 115 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 74 over 114.1 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians continue to chase the Detroit Tigers in American League Central and with a little less than 30 games remaining, there is no margin for error. The Indians are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 29-36 on the road, and are five and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers. As a team Cleveland is hitting .250 led by Asdrubal Cabrera at .277, Kosuke Fukudome at .279, and Michael Brantley at .266. As a team the Indians pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.93 with the starters at 4.31 and the bullpen at 3.17. For game one at Kansas City Cleveland starts Justin Masterson who has been one of the more consistent pitchers in all of baseball this season. For the year Masterson has allowed 176 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 139 in 187.1 innings of work.
Kansas City is 2-5 in their last seven home games, 3-6 in their last nine against the A.L. Central, and 4-0 in Chen’s last four starts against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite, 2-5 in their last seven road games, and 6-1 in Masterson’s last seven starts. Cleveland is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
Both of these pitchers have been tough customers of late and runs are going to be tough to come by. Take the under 8 here.