Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (73-74) at Cleveland Indians (91-57)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Hammel (8-11) (4.91) vs. C Carrasco (15-6) (3.41)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -260 / Kansas City Royals +237 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet Saturday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Kansas City Royals look for another win after splitting their last 14 games. The Royals have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won 12 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 179 hits and 87 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 312 hits and 118 RBI. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he is 8-11 with a 4.91 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 3-4 with a 4.72 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians look to start another streak after their 22-game winning streak ended Friday. The Indians have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 18 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 171 hits and 75 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana have combined for 304 hits and 156 RBI. Carlos Carrasco gets the ball, and he is 15-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 201 strikeouts this season. Carrasco is 8-6 with a 3.46 ERA and 98 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games, 4-0 in Hammels last 4 starts during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Hammels last 7 starts vs. American League Central. The Indians are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games and 37-17 in Carrascos last 54 starts. The Royals are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Cleveland, 6-18 in the last 24 meetings and the under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings in Cleveland.
Carrasco has allowed just two runs in his last 29 innings and has an ERA of 0.82 in the month of September. Hammel has been getting tagged pretty good as of late, and he has an ERA of 4.83 on the road along with a .288 batting average. The Cleveland Indians haven't lost back-to-back games since August 22-23, and with the pitching matchup heavily on their favor, you have to like them to get back on track here.