Cleveland Indians (14-13) at Kansas City Royals (16-11)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Sam Hentges (1-0) (4.76) vs. Mike Minor (2-1) (5.26)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -125 / Cleveland Indians +115 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Indians have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Indians have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 26 hits and 17 RBI while Franmil Reyes and Eddie Rosario have combined for 46 hits and 32 RBI. Sam Hentges gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and six strikeouts this season. This will be Hentges’ first career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Royals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Royals have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 29 hits and 21 RBI while Salvador Perez and Carlos Santana have combined for 55 hits and 37 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 5.26 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Minor is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 12-5 in their last 17 Tuesday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Royals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 16-7 in their last 23 home games. The over is 5-1-1 in Indians last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Royals last 4 overall. The Indians are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Kansas City and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cleveland Indians should be favored simply because they're playing the better baseball, but I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams with these starting pitchers. Both Sam Hentges and Mike Minor have struggled this season and that's not good with both of these offenses heating up. This has the potential to be a firework game. Give me the over in this spot.