Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 6:10 PM (Progressive Field)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +157 / Cleveland Indians -170 -- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians meet Friday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Kansas City Royals look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 13 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 160 hits and 65 RBI while Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler have combined for 236 hits and 151 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 8-11 with a 4.78 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Junis is 3-5 with a 6.05 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Indians have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cleveland Indians have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 134 hits and 53 RBI while Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez have combined for 249 hits and 154 RBI. Zach Plesac gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.53 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Plesac is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Royals are 36-82 in their last 118 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Junis' last 7 road starts. The Indians are 16-6 in their last 22 during game 1 of a series, 114-54 in their last 168 vs. American League Central and 7-1 in Plesacs last 8 starts. The Royals are 8-25 in the last 33 meetings in Cleveland and 20-42 in the last 62 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Plesacs last 5 starts overall. The under is 6-2 in Junis' last 8 starts overall.
Junis has allowed 20 hits and six runs in his last 18.1 innings, and he has a 3.89 ERA and .260 allowed batting average on the road. Plesac has allowed 18 hits and seven earned runs in his last 15.2 innings, and he has a 3.25 ERA and .232 allowed batting average at home. The Cleveland Indians are due for a bounce back victory given their rough week, and they've done nothing but beat up on their division the last couple of years. So while Junis has had his moments this year and the Royals have had success with him on the road, I'll back the Indians and the somewhat reasonable price.