Indians vs. Royals Prediction
Can the Kansas City Royals find any offense against the stout pitching of the Cleveland Indians when the two meet up today at 8:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 2, 2018
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: STO (Cle); FSKC (KC)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are the heavy favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -265 to win tonight. Kansas City is listed with odds of +245 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 81 percent going on Cleveland 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.
Indians slightly skidding
Cleveland is coming off a dominant 15-3 win at Oakland on Sunday, but the Tribe have dropped four of their last six due to a lack of hitting. The Indians are 45-37 overall and 18-24 on the road. The Tribe are putting up 4.99 runs per game this season while allowing 4.18 per contest.
Corey Kluber gets the start for the Indians this evening. He is 11-4 through 17 starts with a 2.54 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. However, he was rocked for 6 earned runs in 1.2 innings at St. Louis in his last start. On the year, Kluber has 115 strikeouts with 13 walks.
Royals on another losing streak
The Royals are coming off being swept at Seattle in three games, scoring just 5 runs total over the three games. Kansas City is now 25-58 overall and 11-29 at home. KC is averaging just 3.47 runs per game this season while allowing 5.37 per contest.
Jakob Junis gets the start for the Royals on Monday. He has started 16 games this season and has a 5-9 record with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Junis has pitched a total of 96.1 innings and has 90 strikeouts with 27 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians are 2-6 in their last 8 road games against a right-handed starter. However, they are 11-4 in Kluber’s last 15 road starts and have won his last five Monday starts.
The Royals are just 5-23 in their last 28 home games against a right-handed starter. They are also 12-42 overall in their last 52 against a right-handed starter.
Kluber struggled big time in his last start, but I think he will be able to get back on track just fine against the Royals. Kansas City really struggles to high right-handed pitching and Kluber is one of the best. My only concern is will Cleveland be able to produce some runs, as their bats tend to go quiet at times as well. Still, I like the Tribe to win behind Kluber storming back from a poor outing.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-160)