Royals vs. Indians - 7/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (54-37) at Kansas City Royals (46-45)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Kluber (9-8) (3.84) vs. E Volquez (8-8) (4.93)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +112 / Cleveland Indians -122 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Cleveland Indians look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Indians have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Cleveland Indians offense has been red hot lately, and they’ve won 11 of their last 16 games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 105 hits, Jason Kipnis has 51 RBI and Carlos Santana has 20 home runs. Corey Kluber gets the nod, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.61 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 104 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing nine of their last 13 games. The Royals have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.18 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 103 hits, Alcides Escobar has 23 RBI and Salvador Perez has 14 home runs. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 8-8 with a 4.85 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 3-6 with a 6.94 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Klubers last 7 starts. The Royals are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 20-6 in Volquezs last 26 home starts. The Indians are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City.
Kluber has figured things out of late, but it's not like he's a worldbeater and can't be hit. I'm also a beleiver that the Royals are going to turn things around. There's value with Kansas City at home for the plus money, so that's the side I'm taking.