Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/4/14
Kansas City Royals (44-40) at Cleveland Indians (41-43)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Yordano Ventura (R) (5-7) (3.261) vs. Josh Tomlin (R) (4-5) (3.815)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -112 / Kansas City Royals +102 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, STO
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series on Friday.
The Royals head into this series a little shaky, losing eight of their last 13 games. The good news for the Royals is that their offense is starting to show a little more life, as they’ve scored four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Usually a team that has an inconsistent offense, the Royals are 18-2 in their last 20 games when scoring more than three runs. Omar Infante has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 5-7 with a 3.26 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. Ventura is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.
The Indians have lost seven of their last 11 games and are two games below .500. While the Indians pitching has contributed to these issues with a 4.01 ERA, their offense has been shut out twice in their last four games. The Indians have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring less than four runs. Michael Brantley has crossed the plate seven times in his last eight games and Yan Gomes has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Josh Tomlin gets the nod, and he’s 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and has 58 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. Tomlin is 5-2 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 career games against the Royals.
The Royals are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day and 3-7 in Venturas last 10 starts. The Indians are 1-4 in Tomlins last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series. The Royals are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Cleveland and the Indians are 4-1 in Tomlins last 5 home starts vs. Royals.
This is a complete toss-up with both teams struggling, so I'll take the home team in this match. However, I'm not totally confident on either side.