Royals vs. Indians Prediction
Can the Cleveland Indians cruise to another win at home when they host the Kansas City Royals this afternoon at 4:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, September 3, 2018
4:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: FSKC (KC); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Cleveland is favored at home, as the Indians are getting odds of -200 for the contest. The Royals are listed with a money line of +170 to win on the road, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 71 percent going on Cleveland at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Kansas City rolling
Don’t look now, but the Royals are actually on a five-game win streak and they have won seven of their last eight. That includes two wins over the Indians. The Royals are 45-91 overall this year and 20-46 on the road. KC is putting up 3.83 runs per game this year while allowing 5.29 per contest.
Jakob Junis gets the start for the Royals this afternoon. He is making his 26th start of the year and comes in with a 7-12 record with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Junis has 139 strikeouts and 40 walks over 147.0 innings.
Indians fall to Rays at home
The Indians suffered a pair of losses at home to the Rays this weekend. Cleveland holds a 77-59 record overall and a 42-27 mark at home. The Indians are putting up 5.04 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.04 per contest.
Adam Plutko gets the start for the Indians this afternoon. He has started nine games this year and appeared in relief in three others. Plutko has a 4-4 record with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has pitched 58.1 innings this year and has 44 strikeouts with 19 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are just 1-5 in Junis’ last six road starts and they are 6-20 in their last 26 games at Cleveland.
The Indians have won five of their last six series openers and 9-4 in their last 13 games following a loss.
Junis has been improving, as he has allowed two earned runs or less in his last five starts. That has dropped his ERA by over ½ a run. It hasn’t always resulted in wins due to a lack a run support, but I think KC’s bats are heating up. I believe they can stay hot despite going on the road, as Plutko hasn’t been terribly stellar on the mound this year. Cleveland seems like too big of a favorite for this matchup, given their lack of consistency against bad teams.
The Pick: Kansas City Royals +170