Royals vs. Indians Prediction
After recent struggles, will the Cleveland Indians get themselves back on track this weekend when they open a series at home against the Kansas City Royals at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 11, 2018
7:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: FSKC (KC); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are the clear favorite today, as they are getting odds of -240 to win. The Royals are listed with a money line of +210 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting currently has 66 percent of the wagers going on the Indians at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Royals falter again
The Royals had some momentum going before dropping their last two games at Baltimore this week, including an 11-6 loss on Thursday. KC is 12-25 overall and 6-12 on the road. The Royals are averaging 4.05 runs per game while allowing 5.59 per contest.
Jason Hammel is 0-4 on the season through seven starts. He has a 4.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP through his seven starts. Hammel has pitched 43.1 innings and has 24 strikeouts with 12 walks. The Royals have actually not won any of his starts.
Indians at .500
The Indians ended a four-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 6-2 win at Milwaukee to get back to the .500 mark. The Tribe is 18-18 overall and 11-8 at home. That is still good enough to lead the AL Central. Cleveland is putting up 4.56 runs per game this season while allowing 4.33 per contest.
Trevor Bauer is taking the mound for Cleveland tonight. He is 2-3 through seven starts on the year and has a 2.53 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP. Through 46.1 innings of pitching, Bauer has 54 strikeouts with 19 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 11-28 in Hammel’s last 39 starts and the Royals are 5-15 in their last 20 series openers.
The Indians have won five of Bauer’s last six home starts overall and seven of his last 10 starts against the AL Central.
The Royals haven’t been able to put together a win with Hammel on the mound and I don’t think today is the day they will change that. Bauer has been pretty locked in this year and is likely to keep the Royals to few runs. I don’t see Hammel being able to match that effort.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -240