Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (14-13) at Cleveland Indians (13-12)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Y Ventura (2-1) (3.67) vs. D Salazar (2-2) (2.40)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -130 / Kansas City Royals +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, FSKC
In MLB action at Progressive Field on Friday, we’ve got game one of a weekend set between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians.
The Royals had a three-game series with the Nationals this week. KC won Tuesday’s game, but dropped the two bookends by a combined 15-2 score. That makes seven losses in the last nine outings for Kansas City.
Meanwhile, the Indians just are fresh off a three-game set with the Tigers. Cleveland won games one and two by a combined 11-3. In Thursday’s finale, the Indians finished off the sweep with a 9-4 victory, out-hitting Detroit 16-5.
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In Friday’s opener, we’ll be seeing Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura take the mound. On the season, Ventura has recorded a 3.67 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and a 2-1 record over five starts and 27 innings. On Saturday against the Mariners, Ventura was up for just four innings, giving up five runs on three hits and inflating his K:BB ratio to an ugly 22:20.
The Royals possess a few notable hitters at the plate, but overall have been lacking in production. Eric Hosmer is the star so far with 34 hits, 11 runs and a nice .333 BA. Mike Moustakas has been the power man with seven homers and 13 RBI. Backstop Salvador Perez has also shown some nice flashes with 21 hits, four homers and 14 RBI.
Pitching for the Indians on Friday, we’ve got right-hander Danny Salazar. Over five starts and a 2-2 record this year, Salazar has contributed a 2.40 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP in 30 innings of work. On Monday, Salazar was yanked after just 4.2 innings against the Twins, giving up three runs in a loss.
A cursory glance at the Indians batting order reveals a fairly solid group with no real standout just yet. Francisco Lindor is heading the charge with 29 hits and a team-high 17 runs. Jason Kipnis isn’t too far back on his 27 hits and 16 runs. Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli have been the power hitters so far, with nine homers and 29 RBI between them. Napoli bagged a homer and three RBI in Thursday’s game.
In their last 11 games against the American League Central, the Royals are a nice 10-1. Kansas City is also 37-17 in Ventura’s last 54 starts overall.
As for the Indians, they’re 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games, and 9-1 in Salazar’s last 10 Friday starts.
The pitching and offensive matchups here seem pretty even, but I’m going to roll with the Indians. As the hotter team I think Cleveland and Salazar should be able to pull out a fairly close win in the opener.