Indians vs. Royals Prediction
Will the Cleveland Indians have any struggles on the road when they open a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals at 8:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
971 Cleveland Indians at 972 Kansas City Royals
Friday, August 24, 2018
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: FSKC (KC); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Indians are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -200 to win. The Royals are getting a money line of +175 to win. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 8.5 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 split with Boston
After taking the first two games of its series at Boston, the Indians lost the last two games to finish with a split, including a 7-0 loss on Thursday. The Indians are now 73-54 overall and 34-30 on the road. Cleveland is putting up 5.06 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.05 per contest.
Mike Clevinger gets the start for the Indians tonight. He is 9-7 through 25 starts and has a 3.25 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP. Clevinger has pitched a total of 157.2 innings this year and has 155 strikeouts with 53 walks.
Royals on another losing streak
The Royals were swept by the Rays in Tampa for four games and have now lost five straight. They scored just seven runs in the four games with the Rays. KC is now 38-90 overall and 18-44 at home. The Royals are putting up just 3.64 runs per game this year while allowing 5.40 per contest.
Brad Keller gets the start for the Royals this evening. He has started 14 games and appeared in 20 others and comes into the contest with a 6-5 record, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Keller has 67 strikeouts and 40 walks over 100.1 innings on the mound this year.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians have won seven of their last eight games following a loss and 14 of their last 16 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Royals have lost six of their last seven against AL Central opponents and 48 of their last 59 against winning teams.
Both pitchers have promising numbers for this start. Keller hasn’t allowed a run to the Indians this year, but has pitched just 4.1 innings against them. Clevinger has made two starts against the Royals and has a 1.80 ERA with one victory. The Indians are the better team and should be just fine against KC after a hard-fought four-game series with the Red Sox.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -200