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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (77-75) at Cleveland Indians (88-63)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

J Vargas (0-0) (3.00) vs. Mike Clevinger (2-2) (4.77)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -155 / Kansas City Royals +145 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio

The Kansas City Royals look to stay alive in the Wild Card race with a win at the Cleveland Indians.

The Kansas City Royals are trying to stay in the Wild Card race but they have to win and get help. The Royals  have lost back to back games after falling 4-3 at Cleveland. Not enough hitting or pitching with starter Ian Kennedy giving up three runs on ten hits and two BB over 5.2 frames. That was too much for the KC bats that managed seven hits and a trio of walks with Salvador Perez going 2-4 with a homer and two RBI’’s   while Kendrys Morales knocked in a run. The Royals hand the ball to Jason Vargas who makes his second appearance of the year. Vargas faced the White Sox a week ago and allowed a run on two hits over three innings.

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians are trying to get their pitching set up for the playoffs as the final weeks of the season wind down. The Indians have now won four of five following Wednesday’s victory where the arms did just enough to hold off the Royals. Tribe starter Corey Kluber was at the top of his game with two runs plated through 6.1 innings. Cleveland pounded out 13 hits and walked three times with Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each driving in a run and scoring. The Indians hand the ball to rookie Mike Clevinger Thursday for just his 8th start of the season. Overall, Clevinger has gone 2-2 with a 1.41 WHIP and 4.76 ERA over 48.1 innings. 

The under is 7-1 in Kansas City’s last 8 Thursday games and the over is 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games while going  19-6-1 in their last 26 overall. The over is 8-2-3 in Cleveland’s last 13 Thursday games and the Indians are 38-14 in their last 52 home games while going  21-8 in their last 29 Thursday games. I don’t have a cue what Vargas does in his second start so somewhat crossing my fingers here…

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Kansas City +145

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