Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (72-73) at Cleveland Indians (90-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Vargas (15-10) (4.15) vs. T Bauer (16-8) (4.33)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -210 / Kansas City Royals +190 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians face off in game two of their four game AL Central division set from Progressive Field on Friday.
The Kansas City Royals had their chance to snap the Indians’ winning streak but fell short, falling 3-2 in the series opener on Thursday. Eric Hosmer went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBIwhile Alcides Escobar went 3 for 4 at the dish in the loss. Sal Perez added a pair of base hits and Whit Merrifield added a double while Brandon Moss and Mike Moustakas each chipped in a base hit in the losing effort for KC. Jake Junis gave up just one run on seven hits over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kelvin Herrera gave up the game-tying hit for his 5th blown save of the year, while Brandon Maurer took the loss to fall to 2-2 as a member of the Royals. Jason Vargas will start game two and is 15-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. In his career, Vargas is 8-5 with a 4.18 ERA and 62 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to add to their already ridiculous 22-game winning streak after coming from behind to win the series opener on Thursday. Lonnie Chisenhall went 1 for 5 with an RBI while Francisco Lindor hit a game-tying RBI double before Jay Bruce walked off the Royals with an RBI double of his own. Jose Ramirez went a perfect 4 for 4 at the dish with a pair of double while Carlos Santana added a pair of base hits. Abraham Almonte added a double while Tyler Naquin and Edwin Encarnacion chipped in base hits of their own in the winning effort for the Tribe. Josh Tomlin gave up both runs on six hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Cody Allen became the pitcher of record, getting the win to improve to 3-6 this season. Trevor Bauer will start game two and is 16-8 with a 4.33 ERA and 177 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 1-4 in Vargas’ last 5 starts and 6-2 in Vargas’ last 8 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Cleveland is 6-0 in Bauer’s last 6 starts and 21-5 in their last 26 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Cleveland is 4-1 in Bauer’s last 5 starts against Kansas City.
Just when you think the streak is over, the Indians just find ways to grind out wins even when all seems lost. You just can’t go against the Indians right now, especially when they send Bauer to the bump, who is 8-0 in his last 9 starts. Cleveland didn’t get it done on the run line for me yesterday, but I expect a different outcome on Friday, so give me the Tribe by a couple.