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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (91-67) at Kansas City Royals (81-77)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Adam Plutko (0-0) (7.36) vs. Y Ventura (11-11) (4.40)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -130 / Cleveland Indians +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


We’ve got a nice MLB matchup looming on Friday from Kauffman Stadium, as the Cleveland Indians will visit the Kansas City Royals to kick off their weekend series. 

The Indians are fresh off a set against the Tigers. Cleveland won the first game, then dropped the next two. In Thursday’s finale, we had some bad weather and the game was postponed. It will be made up (if necessary) on Monday. 

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for the Royals, they just finished up against the Twins. KC won the first two games, and in Thursday’s finale the Royals lost 7-6 despite showing some life in the bottom of the ninth. 

Taking the mound for Cleveland on Friday will be RHP Adam Plutko. Across two games and a 0-0 record this year, Plutko has put up a 7.36 ERA with a 1.91 WHIP in 3.2 innings. Plutko went out for two innings in Detroit his last time up, allowing three hits and three earned. 

It’s pretty easy to find the notable hitters in the Cleveland lineup. Francisco Lindor has managed 179 hits with 96 runs and 72 RBI. Jose Ramirez holds 172 hits with 84 runs and 75 RBI. Jason Kipnis has hit 165 times with 91 runs, 23 homers and 81 RBI. 

Over on the Royals’ side Friday we’ll be seeing RHP Yordano Ventura. In 31 starts and a 11-11 record this year, Ventura has put up a 4.40 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP in 180 innings. In Detroit his last time out, Ventura logged four innings with 10 hits and three earned in a no-decision. 

The Royals have some power at the plate as well. Alcides Escobar leads the way on 165 hits with 57 runs and 54 RBI. Eric Hosmer has bagged 160 hits with 80 runs, 25 homers and 103 RBI. Kendrys Morales holds 145 hits with 64 runs, 30 homers and 93 RBI. 

The Indians are 35-16 in their last 51 Friday games, and 46-22 in their last 68 game ones of a series. Cleveland is also 1-4 in their last five overall and 2-5 in their last seven road games. 

As for the Royals, they’re 1-5 in their last six game ones of a series, and 0-4 in their last four Friday games. Kansas City is also 9-2 in Ventura’s last 11 starts, and 8-2 in Ventura’s last 10 starts on grass. 

Ventura is 27-11 in his last 38 home starts, so he’s been playing great at Kauffman. I see no reason for that trend to halt here, so I’ll take the Royals to get a victory in the opener.

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