Kansas City Royals (36-52) vs. Cleveland Indians (44-42)
July 10, 2021 6:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Indians -120 / Kansas City Royals +100; Over/Under: +9
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The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet Saturday in MLB action at Progressive Field. The Royals need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Indians need a win after losing 11 of their last 14 games.
The Kansas City Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Royals have lost 21 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Salvador Perez leads the Royals with 95 hits and 51 RBI while Whit Merrifield and Carlos Santana have combined for 171 hits and 96 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 5.36 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Minor is 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Indians have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Amed Rosario leads the Indians with 75 hits and 24 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Eddie Rosario have combined for 146 hits and 97 RBI. Eli Morgan gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 8.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Morgan’s first career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 37-97 in their last 134 during game 3 of a series and 20-42 in their last 62 overall. The Indians are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series. The over is 8-2-3 in Royals last 13 road games. The over is 8-3 in Indians last 11 home games. The Royals are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Cleveland and 27-55 in the last 82 meetings.
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I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams in their current form and the starting pitchers don’t make things any better. However, the Indians are at home, have shown more signs of life and they’re fresh off back-to-back walk-off victories. Maybe that gets the juices flowing? Give me the Indians and the cheap price if forced to pick this game.