Kansas City Royals (15-28) at Cleveland Indians (26-16)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Brady Singer (1-4) (5.58) vs. Aaron Civale (4-4) (3.57)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -205 / Kansas City Royals +188 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action from Progressive Field.
This will be the final matchup in a four-game set between these teams this week. The Indians got a win 5-2 in the opener, and Kansas City struck back 8-6 Tuesday to even it up. In the Wednesday game three, the Royals kept it going with a nice 3-0 shutout victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Royals out-hit Cleveland 10-6 in the Wednesday win, but had a slim 1-0 lead heading into the ninth inning. Edward Olivares led the way offensively on two hits, a triple, a run and an RBI. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy went 5.2 innings with four hits, no earned, four walks and four Ks.
For the Thursday starting pitcher role, Kansas City will go with Brady Singer. In his first year of MLB action, the 24-year-old Singer is 1-4 over eight starts with a 5.58 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 40.1 innings of work.
Over on the Indians’ side, they wasted a good start from Carlos Carrasco on Wednesday, as he went 7.0 innings with seven hits, one earned, no walks and six strikeouts. Delino DeShields had half the team’s hits with a 3-for-4 effort in that one.
For Thursday’s starting pitcher job, the Indians are sending out Aaron Civale. Across eight starts and a 3-4 record this season, Civale has a 3.63 ERA and 49 Ks in 52.0 innings. In his MLB career, Civale is 6-8 in 18 starts with a 2.95 ERA and 95 Ks in 109.2 frames total.
The Royals are 19-39 in their last 58 overall and 19-39 in their last 58 games on grass. Kansas City is 57-140 in their last 197 versus a team with a winning record and the over is 7-1 in their last eight Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 61-28 in their last 88 Thursday games and 66-29 in their last 95 games as a favorite. The Indians are also 17-8 in their last 25 games versus a right-handed starter and the under is 7-1 in their last eight Thursday games.
Pick: I’m leaning Indians here. I’d like to take a shot on the Royals in this one, but I just don’t see it. Singer surrendered 10 hits in his last start Friday, but they were all singles. He also gave up five runs with a walk in 5.2 innings, but I think Singer will do a little better here. Civale hasn’t gone less than six innings in any of his starts this year, and if he can keep that going it’ll take some stress off Cleveland’s bullpen. This looks like an Indians win to me.