Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14
Cleveland Indians (68-64) at Kansas City Royals (74-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Danny Salazar (R) (4-6) (4.520) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (10-6) (3.339)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -140 / Cleveland Indians +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-KC
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last nine games and are four games above a .500 record. The Indians pitching staff has been getting it done, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 16 games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.65, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won 15 of their last 17 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has an RBI in three of his last four games and Carlos Santana has gotten on base in nine of his last 10 games. Danny Salazar gets the ball, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.52 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 73.2 innings. Salazar is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have won seven of their last 11 games and are 15 games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching staff has been on fire during their incredible hot streak, allowing three or less runs in 18 of their last 30 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.54, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won 16 of their last 17 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has homered four times in his last eight games and Mike Moustakas has hit in eight of his last nine games. Starting is Jason Vargas, who is 10-6 with a 3.17 ERA and has 102 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. Vargas is 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA in seven career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-6 in Salazars last 8 road starts. The Royals are 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 home starts and 4-0 in Vargas' last 4 starts during game 1 of a series. The Indians are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
Not a huge fan of the chalk, but Cleveland has had little success in KC over the years and the Royals have been on fire throughout the month of August. I like the Royals to keep it going here.