Indians vs. Royals - 9/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (84-58) at Cleveland Indians (70-71)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
K Medlen (3-1) (4.58) vs. D Salazar (12-8) (3.57)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -124 / Kansas City Royals +114 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Royals and Cleveland Indians play game two Tuesday night.
The Kansas Royals need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Royals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Royals have lost seven straight when scoring three or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 159 hits and 82 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales have combined for 169 RBI. The Kansas Royals have lost four of their last five road games. Kris Medlen gets the nod, and he’s 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This is Medlen’s second career game against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Indians have won six of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Michael Brantley leads Cleveland with 159 hits and 81 RBI while Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana have combined for 115 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have won eight of their last 10 home games. Josh Tomlin takes the hill, and he’s 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 6-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League Central. The Indians are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter and 2-6 in Tomlins last 8 home starts. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Cleveland.
It's tough to back the Royals with the way they've played the last week and a half. It's just as tough to fade the Indians during their long winning stretch. With the way both clubs are playing, I'm siding with the home team and the reasonable chalk.