Kansas City Royals (71-84) vs. Cleveland Indians (76-79)
September 27, 2021 1:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Indians +140 / Kansas City Royals -185; Over/Under: +8
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The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet Monday in MLB action at Progressive Field. The Royals look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Indians look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Kansas City Royals have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Royals have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 177 hits and 72 RBI while Salvador Perez and Nicky Lopez have combined for 306 hits and 157 RBI. Jackson Kowar gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 11.45 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Kowar’s second career game against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Indians have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Amed Rosario leads the Indians with 147 hits and 51 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes have combined for 243 hits and 180 RBI. Cal Quantrill gets the ball, and he is 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Quantrill is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games. The Indians are 4-10 in their last 14 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series. The under is 4-1 in Royals last 5 road games. The under is 4-1 in Indians last 5 games as a favorite. The Royals are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Cleveland.
The Royals offense has been horrible lately, and Kowar hasn’t been any better, allowing 31 hits and 28 runs in his last 22 innings. Quantrill has allowed 20 hits and seven earned runs in his last 27 innings. The Indians have a clear edge on the mound and are at home in this quick turnaround. Give me the Indians and the plus money.