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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (2-4) at Cleveland Indians (3-5)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)

J Hammel (0-1) (9.00) vs. Mike Clevinger (1-0) (0.00)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -210 / Kansas City Royals +185 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio

We have the rubber match of a three game MLB set from Progressive Field on Sunday, as the Kansas City Royals take on the Cleveland Indians. 

The Kansas City Royals will look to win the series after evening the series up at one win apiece following their 1-0 triumph over the Indians on Saturday. Lucas Duda’s solo home run in the 7th was the lone run in the win, while Ryan Goins and Alcides Escobar each added a base hit of their own in the winning effort for KC. Ian Kennedy got the win after tossing six innings of four hit shutout baseball, striking out eight en route to the victory while Kelvin Herrera closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Jason Hammel will start game three and is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hammel is 3-5 with a 5.10 ERA and 57 strikeouts against Cleveland.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back and win the series after dropping game two on Saturday. Francisco Lindor went 2 for 4 with a double, while Edwin Encarnacion matched that mark at the dish with a pair of singles. Lonnie Chisenhall and Bradley Zimmer each contributed a base hit of their own in the shutout loss to round out the offensive output for the Tribe in the loss. Trevor Bauer took the loss after giving up the lone run on three hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over eight innings of work, falling to 0-1 this season. Mike Clevinger will start game three and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season.

Kansas City is 1-4 in Hammel’s last 5 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 division matchups. Cleveland is 13-3 in Clevinger’s last 16 starts and 6-0 in Clevinger’s last 6 starts against the AL Central while the under is 34-16-4 in their last 54 home games. Kansas City is 8-21 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams and 7-20 in the last 20 meetings in Cleveland.

Clevinger has been almost automatic on the mound for the Tribe dating back to last season, however taking the run line to negate the heavy juice hasn’t been kind to me so far this season and I’m not sure I feel comfortable laying the juice with Cleveland as KC showed they’re capable of pulling off the upset. With that said, I’m going to do something a little unconventional for me and take Kansas City with the run on the run line, as 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two have been decided by one run.

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