Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -150 / Kansas City Royals +130
FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet in the opener of a three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Monday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build some momentum after earning a series split with the division-leading Minnesota Twins, taking Sunday’s finale in a 6-1 win. Hunter Dozier went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Alex Gordon added a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Nicky Lopez chipped in an RBI to finish off KC’s scoring as a team in the win while Whit Merrifield and Billy Hamilton each had a pair of hits. Humberto Arteaga and Cheslor Cuthbert each had base hits as well to cap off the Royals’ offense as a team in the victory. Homer Bailey got the win to improve to 7-6 on the year after giving up one run on five hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work. Kevin McCarthy picked up his first save of the season by tossing the final 2.1 innings of the victory. Brad Keller will start game one and is 3-9 with a 4.45 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keller is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to keep the ball rolling after an 8-3 win over Detroit on Sunday, completing the sweep of the Tigers in the process. Jason Kipnis had two RBIs while Carlos Santana had a solo home run and Francisco Lindor and Bobby Bradley each had a double and an RBI, with Lindor going 2 for 4 at the dish. Oscar Mercado and Kevin Plawecki each had an RBI as well while Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 at the plate to cap off Cleveland’s offense as a team in the victory. Zach Plesac got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing one run on five hits over seven innings of work. Adam Plutko will start game one and is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s second career start against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 1-10 in Keller’s last 11 starts and 18-45 in their last 63 road games while the under is 14-6-1 in their last 21 division games. Cleveland is 6-1 in Plutko’s last 7 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 division games while the under is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams but just 6-21 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
The plus money with the Royals is kind of tempting given how the Royals battled against the Twins and that Keller has some solid numbers in a decent sample size in his career against the Indians. However, the Royals simply put, don’t win games with Keller on the mound lately, dropping 10 of his last 11 starts and part of it is a lack of run support as the Royals have scored three runs or less in nine of those ten defeats. A sweep of the Tigers isn’t saying a whole lot, but the Indians have been playing the much better baseball over the last couple of weeks, so I’d probably lay the juice with Cleveland in this spot.