Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (54-37) at Kansas City Royals (46-45)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
D Salazar (10-3) (2.75) vs. B Flynn (1-0) (2.39)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Cleveland Indians --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals look to make up some ground in the AL Central as they continue their series against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.
The Indians gave up runs in bunches in the eighth inning on Monday night and ultimately lost a pivotal series opener against their AL Central rivals but they get Danny Salazar on the hill on Tuesday night who has been excellent this season and is among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award. Cleveland has had a very strong season and have silenced a number of critics and with Michal Brantley slated to return soon the Tribe are going to look even better as they kick off the second half of the season. The Indians may also add to their lineup as they could afford to add another top end reliever and maybe a back end starter but for now they have a pretty solid lineup and match up well against a Royals side that has fallen off a bit this season.
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Kansas City has had to deal with the injury bug all season long and haven’t recovered from some key losses in the offseason as guys like Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist are on other playoff contenders and can’t bring their playoff pedigree to the mix this season, at least in Missouri. The Royals too will likely chase after some rosterable players and a guy like Jay Bruce would be a perfect fit but it may end up costing the Royals an arm and a leg from an already depleted farm system but if they want to repeat they will have to pay the price.
The Indians are 5-0 in Salazar’s last five starts against the AL Central, 10-3 in their last 13 road games, and 19-7 in their last 26 overall while the Royals are 3-8 in their last 11 overall, 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games, and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. KC is strong at home but the Indians are the better team and have the pitching edge here as they get back in the win column.