Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/14
Kansas City Royals (86-70) at Cleveland Indians (81-76)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Jason Vargas (L) (11-10) (3.738) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (5-8) (4.177)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -108 / Kansas City Royals -102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, STO, ESPN
The Kansas City Royals look to sweep the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last eight games and have all but wrapped up a playoff spot. The Royals pitching staff has allowed just three runs in their last three games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.51, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has seven RBIs in his last 10 games and Eric Hosmer has hit in eight of his last nine games. Jason Vargas gets the nod, and he’s 11-10 with a 3.59 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 183 innings. Vargas is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in eight career starts against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians have lost three of their last five games and are five games above a .500 record. The Indians lack of offense has hurt them, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in four of their last seven games, and they’ve lost six of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Michael Brantley has a 14-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana has hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.59, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Trevor Bauer, who is 5-8 with a 4.06 ERA and has 141 strikeouts in 148.2 innings. Bauer is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 1-4 in Vargas' last 5 road starts and 1-5 in Vargas' last 6 starts overall. The Indians are 0-4 in Bauers last 4 starts and 25-8 in their last 33 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
Getting the Royals at this price is a steal considering they're by far the better team and are looking to wrap up a playoff spot. The Royals should get the sweep.