Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/31/14
Cleveland Indians (70-64) at Kansas City Royals (74-61)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
T.J. House (L) (2-3) (4.371) vs. Danny Duffy (L) (7-10) (2.493)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -168 / Cleveland Indians +158 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians conclude their AL Central weekend series with a spotlight game on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN2.
The Cleveland Indians have won three straight games and now find themselves tied with the Yankees at 3.5 games back of the second Wild Card Spot in the American League. Last night, the Indians got a strong outing out of Trevor Bauer who pitched 5.2 innings without allowing a run, leaving the visitors in a position to force extra innings in a game that was tied at one after nine. The Indians broke the tie in the 11th inning as Michael Brantley had an RBI single and later scored on a single by Carlos Santana. Lonnie Chisenhall continued his strong season with two hits in the win as well.
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T.J. House makes his 14th start of the season on Sunday night looking to continue his improvement in the month of August. The 24 year old rookie lefty House has an ERA of 3.43 across four starts this month despite getting tagged for five runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings during his latest road start against the White Sox. For the season House owns a WHIP of 1.51 and ERA of 4.18 while posting a record of 2-3. House faced the Royals once on July 5th and allowed three runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings; House has an ERA of 4.69 across nine total starts on the road this season.
The Kansas City Royals relinquished their division lead in the AL Central with last night’s loss as they now sit dead even with the Tigers for control of the division. In last night’s loss, the Royals converted nine hits into two runs as Lorenzo Cain had two hits and an RBI, Omar Infante had two hits, Alex Gordon drew three walks and scored a run, and Salvador Perez had an RBI double in the 11th but Eric Kratz couldn't drive him in on the final out.
Danny Duffy will take the mound for the home team Royals on Sunday coming off a strong effort at home in his last start allowing just one run on four hits over 6.2 innings against the Twins. Duffy is having a strong season as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.07 and ERA of 2.47 despite posting a losing record at 8-11. The 25 year old left-hander Duffy has played to his numbers against the Indians this year with an ERA of 2.50 across 15 innings of work; Duffy has been slightly worse at home with an ERA of 2.82 across 12 appearances (10 starts).
The price certainly isn’t right to back the home side but I see the Royals avoiding the sweep and at least keeping pace with the Tigers for another day in this spot.