Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (35-28) at Kansas City Royals (33-30)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Tomlin (8-1) (3.48) vs. C Young (2-6) (6.36)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +110 / Cleveland Indians -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, FSKC
Kauffman Stadium will be lit up once again Tuesday evening, as the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals continue their MLB series this week.
This will be game two of the set. In Monday’s opener, the Royals eked out a 2-1 victory, out-hitting the Indians 11-4.
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On Tuesday, the Indians will be rolling out right-hander Josh Tomlin. In his 11 starts this year, Tomlin has produced an 8-1 record, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 67.1 innings. In a no-decision Thursday against the Mariners, Tomlin gave up nine hits but just two runs in 6.1 innings.
The Cleveland batting order has no shortage of notable names. Francisco Lindor leads the way on 73 hits with 40 runs and 33 RBI. Jason Kipnis has 66 hits with 33 runs and 32 RBI. Kipnis slapped a solo homer on Monday. Mike Napoli has a team-high 14 homers and 45 RBI alongside 40 runs with 54 hits. Napoli came up 0-for-4 in Monday’s game, though.
For Tuesday’s game, the Royals will be turning to right-hander Chris Young in the starting role. In 10 appearances (eight starts) and a 2-6 record, Young has managed a 6.37 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 41 innings. Last Sunday against these same Indians, Young allowed five runs on six hits across 4.2 innings.
We’ve got a few noteworthy names in the Kansas City lineup as well. Eric Hosmer is out front on 75 hits with 32 runs, 12 homers and 38 RBI. Lorenzo Cain holds 67 hits with 30 runs and 34 RBI. Alcides Escobar has played fairly well on 66 hits with 21 runs and 17 RBI. Escobar bagged a hit and an RBI in Monday’s game.
The Indians are 8-0 in their last eight games against the American League Central and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. Cleveland is also 2-5 in Tomlin’s last seven starts during game two of a series, and 18-3 in Tomlin’s last 21 starts.
As for the Royals, they’re 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series, and 18-7 in their last 25 Tuesday games. Kansas City is also 6-1 in Young’s last seven Tuesday starts, and 4-1 in Young’s last five starts against the American League Central.
With Tomlin and Young on the mound, this game may get out of hand. That said, I like the Indians a little better right now. Cleveland should get the win.