Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/10/14
Cleveland Indians (33-31) at Kansas City Royals (31-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Corey Kluber (R) (6-3) (3.232) vs. (L) Jason Vargas (5-2) (3.28)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Cleveland Indians +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians face off on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium for game one of their series of AL Central hopefuls.
The Kansas City Royals are short of expectations thus far this season but they are far from out of the race and have plenty of time to make up ground. The Royals are 16-16 at home this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Royals are hitting .252 with Alex Gordon hitting .288, Alcides Escobar hitting .277, and Salvador Perez hitting .271. As a team the Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.78 with the starters at 3.91 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one against the Indians the Royals start Jason Vargas whose start on Monday was rained out. For the season Vargas has allowed 83 hits and 31 runs while striking out 62 over 85 innings for a 5-2 record and a 3.28 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians are quietly one of the hottest teams in baseball as they continue to climb the AL Central standings. The Indians are 12-20 on the road this season, 9-1 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last three games. As a team the Indians are hitting .257 with Michael Brantley hitting .298, David Murphy hitting .291, and Michael Bourn hitting .283. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.98 with the starters at 4.47 and the bullpen at 3.09. For game one in Kansas City the Indians start Corey Kluber who has won his last four decisions. For the season Kluber has allowed 85 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 99 over 86.1 innings for a 6-3 record and a 3.23 ERA.
Kansas City is 5-2 against a team with a winning record, 3-8 in game one of a series, and 4-1 in Vargas’ last five starts as a favorite. Cleveland is 3-5 in their last eight road games, 2-10 on the road against a left-handed starter, and 21-8 in Kluber’s last 29 starts. Cleveland is 1-4 in their last five games in Kansas City.
This looks like it is going to be a good one but the Indians are red hot and they have their best pitcher going so they are my pick here.
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