Cleveland Indians (77-80) vs. Kansas City Royals (72-85)
September 29, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas City Royals +100 / Cleveland Indians -120; Over/Under: 8
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The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet in an AL Central division tilt in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound from being on the wrong end of a 6-4 loss at the hands of the Royals on Tuesday night. Jose Ramirez leads the Tribe with 36 home runs, 99 RBIs and a .359 OBP while Amed Rosario has a team-high 152 hits, 6 doubles and a .283 batting average. Ramirez also has a team-high 31 doubles and 4 triples while Franmil Reyes has 30 home runs and 84 RBIs this season. Zach Plesac will start here and is 10-6 with a 4.54 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build on their win over the Tribe on Tuesday. Salvador Perez has a team-high 47 home runs and 118 RBIs while Nicky Lopez has a team-high 6 triples, a .301 batting average and a .364 OBP this season. Whit Merrifield also has a team-high 176 hits while also boasting 39 doubles and 3 triples this season. Daniel Lynch will get the start for KC and is 4-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season.
Cleveland is 15-5 in their last 20 games as a favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Kansas City is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 division games.
A lot of attention has been drawn to Zach Plesac in the Indians’ rotation, as one day he’s the next big thing and the next he’s on the IL after getting injured putting on a shirt. On the other hand, the Royals continue to see ball hit ball despite being out of the race and Daniel Lynch has been one of the brighter spots as of late in an otherwise disappointing stretch for the Royals. I think there’s value with the Royals as a home underdog on Wednesday and I’ll take it here.