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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (72-73) at Cleveland Indians (90-56)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Jake Junis (7-2) (4.70) vs. J Tomlin (9-9) (5.13)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -223 / Kansas City Royals +198 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio

The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet on Thursday in game one of a four game AL Central division set from Progressive Field.

The Kansas City Royals will look to find some consistency after splitting their last 16 games, including a 5-3 loss to the White Sox in their series finale on Wednesday. Salvador Perez went 2 for 4 with a solo homer, while Alcides Escobar went 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own and Alex Gordon chipped in a run to the losing cause as well. Lorenzo Cain also went 2 for 4 at the plate, while Brandon Moss contributed a base hit for KC. Eric Skoglund gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking and striking out a pair apiece, not factoring in the deicison. Scott Alexander took the loss, falling to 4-4 this season. Jake Junis will start the opener and is 7-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ first career start against Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians will look to continue their ridiculous winning streak that now sits at 21 straight Ws, following a 5-3 win over the Tigers in their series finale on Wednesday. Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with a three run home run, while Roberto Perez added a solo shot and Edwin Encarnacion added a run on the board as well to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the win. Carlos Santana added a triple while Francisco Lindor went 2 for 4 with a double and Jose Ramirez went 1 for 3 with a double of his own. Mike Clevinger got the win to improve to 10-5 this season after giving up all three runs, one earned, on six hits while walking a pair and striking out six over 5.2 innings of work. The Indians bullpen was near perfect down the stretch, giving up just one hit, culminating in Cody Allen’s 27th save of the year. Josh Tomlin will start game one and is 9-9 with a 5.13 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Tomlin is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 2-9 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 9-4 in their last 13 division matchups. Cleveland is 41-11 in their last 52 games overall and 35-16 in their last 51 division matchups while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Kansas City is 5-16 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

Junis may be the wild card in this whole thing, as he has a decent record but the problem is that in his lone appearance against the Indians in his career, Junis gave up four runs in 2.1 innings of work, leaving him with a career ERA well over 15 against Cleveland. The Indians just can’t lose right now, and you have to ride the hot hand until it fails to pay off, and to get some extra value, I’ll take the Indians on the run line, as the Tribe have covered the run line in 18 of their 21 games during this winning streak.

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