Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/14
Kansas City Royals (9-8) at Cleveland Indians (8-10)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
James Shields (R) (1-2) (2.000) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (0-2) (7.709)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -104 / Kansas City Royals -106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, STO
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will play game two of a four-game series on Tuesday. The Indians won game one, 4-3.
The Royals have lost two in a row, but have won five of their last seven games mainly to great pitching. However, this hasn’t been the case for the Royals lately, as they’ve allowed a combined 12 runs in their last two games. Offensively, Omar Infante has a four-game hitting streak and leads the Royals win 10 RBI. James Shields will take the mound, and he’s 1-2 on the season with a 2.00 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. Shields is 3-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 14 career starts against the Indians.
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The Indians have won two straight and are looking to get back to a .500 record with a win on Tuesday. Michael Brantley is leading the Indians with four homeruns and 18 RBI, as he’s hitting the ball all over the place for a Cleveland team that’s had some issues scoring runs at times. Pitching has been even worse for the Indians, and it doesn’t get any better with Danny Salazar on the mound. Salazar is 0-2 on the season with a 7.71 ERA, as he’s allowed 12 runs and 19 hits in 14 innings of work. Salazar allowed four runs in six innings, receiving the loss in his only career start against the Royals.
The Royals are 12-3 in Shields' last 15 road starts and 19-8 in Shields' last 27 starts. The Indians are 1-5 in Salazars last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 54-24 in their last 78 games as a favorite. The Royals are 4-1 in Shields' last 5 starts vs. Indians.
For my free pick, I'm going to side with the over considering both pitchers can be shaky at times, and the over is 40-18-4 in the last 62 meetings.
I also have a play on the side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.