Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/5/14
Kansas City Royals (44-40) at Cleveland Indians (41-43)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (5-6) (3.685) vs. T.J. House (L) (0-2) (4.685)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Kansas City Royals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians will play game two of three on Saturday night.
The Royals have won five of their last seven games and are five games above .500. The Royals offense has caught fire lately, producing four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Omar Infante has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Lorenzo Cain has seven RBI in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Royals have a 3.67 ERA, 13th in the majors. Starting is Jeremy Guthrie, who is 5-6 with a 3.69 ERA and has 68 strikeouts in 112.1 innings. Guthrie is 4-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 career games against the Indians.
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The Indians have slit their last eight games and are three games below a .500 record. The Indians offense has been a little lackluster lately, scoring three or less runs in four of their last seven games. Michael Brantley has 11 hits in his last 10 games and Yan Gomes has seven RBI in his last eight games. The Indians have a 4.01 ERA, 23rd in the majors. T.J. House gets the nod, and he’s 0-2 with a 4.28 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. This will be House’s first career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in Guthries last 5 road starts and 4-0 in Guthries last 4 starts overall. The Indians are 2-7 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter and 37-17 in their last 54 games as a home favorite. The Royals are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Cleveland.
Two teams that have been up and down, I'm going with the road team and the even money. This game could truly go either way, but I don't trust the young pitcher who hasn't gotten off to a great start in his first season.