Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Friday July 19, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-140) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (+120)
FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Friday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to keep the momentum going after winning six of their last seven games, completing the four game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 6-5 win in the series finale on Thursday. Jorge Soler and Billy Hamilton each had two RBIs and two hits with Soler hitting a home run while Hamilton had a double. Cheslor Cuthbert went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and a double while Cam Gallagher added an RBI of his own as well in the win to round out KC’s scoring. Bubba Starling went 2 for 3 with a double and Hunter Dozier also had two hits while Humberto Arteaga added a base hit to cap off the Royals’ offense. Brad Keller got the win to improve to 6-9 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Ian Kennedy closed out the 9th for his 16th save of the season. Mike Montgomery will make the start here and is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Montgomery’s first career start against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will also look to stay hot after winning five straight with a 6-3 win over Detroit in their series finale on Thursday. Jose Ramirez had a home run and three RBIs while Jordan Luplow went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. Tyler Naquin had an RBI to round out Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the win while Carlos Santana had a double and Jason Kipnis and Jake Bauers each went 2 for 3 to cap off Cleveland’s offense in the victory. Trevor Bauer got the win to improve to 9-7 on the year after giving up three runs on five hits while striking out ten over 6.2 innings of work. Brad Hand closed out the final inning for his 26th save of the season. Shane Bieber will start game one and is 8-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bieber is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 21-52 in their last 73 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 division games. Cleveland is 8-3 in Bieber’s last 11 starts and 20-7 in their last 27 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 series opening matchups. Kansas City is 18-37 in the last 55 meetings between these two teams and 7-23 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
The heavy plus money with Kansas City is certainly tempting given their performance against the White Sox to start the week. However, I just don’t know how much faith I can really put in Montgomery in a starting role for a Royals team that’s still well out of the playoff picture and 26 games under .500. Bieber has pitched very well over the last month or so, and the Indians are closing the distance on the Twins in the AL Central division race. I think that Cleveland draws first blood here, so to cut down on the heavy juice, I’ll back the Indians on the RL.