Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/24/14
Kansas City Royals (10-9) at Cleveland Indians (9-11)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Bruce Chen (L) (1-1) (6.600) vs. Corey Kluber (R) (1-2) (5.401)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -136 / Kansas City Royals +126 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals look to end their series at Progressive Field with a victory over Cleveland.
Kansas City is looking to break out ion 2014 and challenge Detroit for supremacy in the American League Central. That goal is a long way from becoming reality and took a step back Wednesday in a 5-3 loss at Cleveland. A second lead went by the way side as neither the arms or bats were strong enugh. Jason Vargas gave up three runs in six innings before Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis allowed single runs in the 7th and 8th. The Royals had their share of runners on ten hits and a pair of BB with Mike Moustakas going deep and driving in two while Salvador Perez went solo. Veteran left hander Bruce Chen looks to end the series with the Indians on a winning note. Chen has struggled the past two times out with a combined ten runs allowed in 8.2 innings pitched.
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Cleveland has their own aspirations of claiming the AL Central title but only time will tell if this team has enough to get the job done over 162 games. The Indians don't seem to be as potent at the plate as they were a season ago but were more then enough Wednesday in a 5-3 decision over visiting Kansas City that evened their series at 1-1. Starter Justin Masterson looked every bit the ace with all three runs plated (two earned) on eight hits through 6.1 innings with four relievers putting up zeros. The Tribe posted eleven hits and four bases on balls with Michael Bourne leading the way with a 3-5 night with a pair of RBI's. Corey Kluber toes the rubber in the final game of the series with visiting Kansas City on Thursday. Kluber looks to rebound from a 5-0 loss to Toronto where he gave up all five runs (four earned) over 6.2 frames.
I always say I struggle with Chen who is always capable but doesn't always come through. I think I'd rather back the Royals at plus odds who are better at the plate in the early going...