Indians vs. Royals Prediction
Will the Cleveland Indians avoid a very unlikely sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals when the two wrap up their series today at 2:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:15PM 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 -230 to win. The Royals are getting a money line of +195 to win. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. 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 stunned again
The Indians suffered their fourth straight loss on Saturday, losing 7-1 to Kansas City. Cleveland had Kluber on the mound and was a -300 favorite in Saturday’s loss. The Indians are now 73-56 overall and 34-32 on the road. Cleveland is putting up 5.05 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.05 per contest.
Shane Bieber gets the start for Cleveland on Sunday. He is making his 14th start of the year and has a 7-2 record with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Bieber has 76 strikeouts and 15 walks over 74.1 innings of work.
Royals manage another upset
The Royals have won the first two games in this series despite being heavy underdogs in both contests. KC is now 40-90 overall and 20-44 at home. The Royals are putting up just 3.65 runs per game this year while allowing 5.39 per contest.
The Royals turn to Jorge Lopez on Sunday. He is making his third start of the year and his 13th appearance this season. Lopez has an 0-3 record with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Lopez has 21 strikeouts and 18 walks over 29.1 innings on the mound.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians have won their last four Sunday games and 17 of their last 25 road games.
The Royals are 5-17 in their last 22 Sunday games and 12-48 in their last 60 against winning teams.
Lopez has made two appearances for the Royals since being acquired from Milwaukee. He has allowed seven runs over 9.2 innings. Bieber gave up four runs in six innings in his only start against the Royals this year. Given how this series has played out so far, I don’t think there is a lot of value in Cleveland as such a big favorite. KC has been able to silence the Cleveland bats while grinding out runs against better pitching than Bieber.
The Pick: Kansas City Royals +195