Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (73-75) at Cleveland Indians (92-57)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)
D Duffy (8-8) (3.78) vs. C Kluber (16-4) (2.44)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -297 / Kansas City Royals +265 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, FSKC
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet Sunday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 180 hits and 87 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 315 hits and 119 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians look to keep rolling after winning 23 of their last 24 games. The Indians have scored 14 runs in this series and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 19 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 309 hits and 159 RBI. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 16-4 with a 2.44 ERA and 243 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 8-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 125 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-4 in Duffys last 4 Sunday starts. The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 51-25 in Klubers last 76 home starts and 38-15 in Klubers last 53 starts. The Royals are 0-4 in Duffys last 4 starts vs. Indians, the Indians are 6-2 in Klubers last 8 home starts vs. Royals and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Duffy has been solid this season overall, but he's been hit hard in his last few starts and has missed a couple of weeks due to an elbow injury. Meanwhile, Kluber has allowed two or less runs in each of his last six starts, has lost just once in his last 10 starts and has an ERA of 1.93 in 102.2 innings at home this season. There's also the thing about the Indians losing just one game since August 24. The price isn't cheap, but the Indians should win this game behind their ace who is unhittable at home.