Indians vs. Royals Prediction
After being upset by the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, will the Cleveland Indians be able to bounce back on Saturday night at 7:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, August 25, 2018
7:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: FSKC (KC); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Indians are heavily favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -300 to win. The Royals are getting a money line of +265 to win. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 92 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 lose third straight
The Indians suffered a third straight loss on Friday, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Royals. The Indians are now 73-55 overall and 34-31 on the road. Cleveland is putting up 5.05 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.05 per contest.
The Indians turn to Corey Kluber this evening. He is making his 27th start of the year and has a 16-6 record with a 2.74 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Kluber has 166 strikeouts and 23 walks over 174.1 innings.
Royals end skid
The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday night with the big upset of the Indians. KC is now 39-90 overall and 19-44 at home. The Royals are putting up just 3.65 runs per game this year while allowing 5.39 per contest.
Heath Fillmyer makes the start for the Royals this evening. He has started seven games this year and appeared in four others. He has a 1-1 record with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Fillmyer has 27 strikeouts and 23 walks over 45.1 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians have won 23 of Kluber’s last 31 road starts and 24 of his last 29 starts in the division.
The Royals are just 1-6 in Fillmyer’s last seven starts and 2-6 in their last eight AL Central games.
Fillmyer has struggled in his starting role and has allowed at least three runs in four of his last five outings. Kluber has just a 2.08 ERA against Kansas City over two starts. Kluber should be able to silence one of the worst lineups this year. The key will be for Cleveland to put up enough runs for a lopsided win, which I expect they can do.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-175)