Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Cleveland Indians (69-64) at Kansas City Royals (74-60)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Trevor Bauer (R) (5-7) (4.336) vs. James Shields (R) (12-7) (3.454)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -157 / Cleveland Indians +147 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-KC
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals play Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians have won five of their last six games and are five games above .500. The Indians pitching staff has been able to hold its own, allowing three or less runs in 12 of their last 17 games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.63, which is 15th in the majors, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Lonnie Chisenhall has a five-game hitting streak and Jason Kipnis has hit in nine of his last 10 games. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he’s 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA and has 114 strikeouts in 118.1 innings. This is Bauer’s second career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have split their last 10 games and are 14 games above a .500 record. The Royals have cooled off a bit after their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 14 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.59, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Butler has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Alcides Escobar has a four-game hitting streak. Starting is James Shields, who is 12-7 with a 3.45 ERA and has 146 strikeouts in 185 innings. Shields is 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-1 in Bauers last 6 starts as an underdog and 4-1 in Bauers last 5 starts overall. The Royals are 2-5 in Shields' last 7 home starts and 35-16 in Shields' last 51 starts overall.
Bauer has been money this season in an underdog role and the Royals have cooled off quite a bit after once being the hottest team in baseball. Give me the Indians given the value.