Royals vs. Indians Prediction
Will the Cleveland Indians salvage a series win over the Kansas City Royals when the two teams meet in a rubber match today at 1:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, May 13, 2018
1:10PM 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 -280 to win. The Royals are listed with a money line of +240 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting currently has 72 percent of the wagers going on the Royals on the road. 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 drop Game 2
After a surprising win on Friday night, the Royals dropped the second game in the series to the Indians on Saturday, 6-2. KC is now 13-26 overall and 7-13 on the road. The Royals are averaging 4.21 runs per game while allowing 5.68 per contest.
Danny Duffy gets the start for the Royals on Sunday. He has started eight games this season and has a 1-4 record with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Duffy has pitched 43.2 innings and has 39 strikeouts with 17 walks.
Indians bounce back
The Indians had lost five of their last six following Friday’s loss to the Royals, but they started to regroup on Saturday with a 6-2 win. The Tribe are now 19-19 overall and 12-9 at home. Cleveland is putting up 4.68 runs per game this season while allowing 4.49 per contest.
The Indians had the ball to their ace, Corey Kluber, on Sunday. He has started eight games this season and has a 5-2 record with a 2.62 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Kluber has racked up 57 strikeouts with 10 walks this season over 58.1 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
Kansas City has lost eight of Duffy’s last nine starts and his last five Sunday starts. They also have lost 16 of his last 21 starts against AL Central opponents.
The Indians have won 41 of Kluber’s last 57 starts. They also have won 21 of Kluber’s last 28 starts against AL Central opponents and 56 of his last 83 home starts.
While Cleveland did lose Kluber’s last start, I think they will be able to handle the Royals on Sunday. Kansas City isn’t a team that has been able to sustain winning games against good teams. Duffy has been disappointing this year as well, already suffering a loss to the Indians. I think it happens again this afternoon.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians +280