Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/14
Kansas City Royals (84-70) at Cleveland Indians (81-74)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Danny Duffy (L) (7-10) (2.493) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R) (5-4) (2.842)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -120 / Kansas City Royals +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, STO
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series Monday at Progressive Field.
The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight games and are 14 games above .500. The Royals pitching staff has been shaky as of late, allowing four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.55, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Salvador Perez has a hit in six of his last nine games and Billy Butler has five hits in his last three games. Starting is Danny Duffy, who is 8-11 with a 2.42 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 141.1 innings. Duffy is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six career games against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians have won five of their last six games and are seven games above .500. The Indians pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in six of their last seven games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.60, which is 15th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has a 12-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana has hit in seven of his last nine games. Carlos Carrasco gets the ball, and he’s 8-5 with a 2.65 ERA and has 121 strikeouts in 119 innings. Carrasco is 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA in 11 career games against the Royals.
The Royals are 6-0 in Duffys last 6 starts during game 1 of a series and 6-2 in Duffys last 8 starts overall. The Indians are 7-19 in Carrascos last 26 home starts and 8-17 in Carrascos last 25 starts overall. The Royals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland.
We're getting the better/playoff team for the plus money against a subpar Cleveland team? Yeah. Give me the Royals.