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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Friday April 12, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, MO
The Line
Kansas City Royals +130 / Cleveland Indians -152
TV Channel
FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
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Peter G. Aiken

The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set from Kauffman Stadium in MLB action on Friday night.

The Cleveland Indians will look to keep their momentum going after winning 6 of their last 7 games, including a 4-0 win over Detroit to take the set on Thursday. Leonys Martin and Carlos Santana each had three hits and two RBIs with Martin adding a double and a home run. Brad Miller went 2 for 4 with a double while Tyler Naquin, Kevin Plawecki and Jake Bauers each had a base hit as well in the victory. Shane Bieber got the win to improve to 1-0 after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six. Carlos Carrasco will start game one and is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 11-6 with a 3.48 ERA and 113 strikeouts against Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals are in dire need of a win after suffering their 10th loss in a row in a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners in their last outing. Jorge Soler led the Royals with three RBIs, going 2 for 5 with a homer and a double while Hunter Dozier went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double of his own along with two RBIs. Adalberto Mondesi added a solo home run to cap off KC’s scoring in the losing effort while Alex Gordon went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Jorge Lopez gave up two runs on three hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Glenn Sparkman ended up with the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year after Brad Boxberger blew the save in the 9th. Brad Keller will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keller is 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 37-17 in Carrasco’s last 54 division starts while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Kansas City is 0-7 in their last 7 home games and 0-10 in their last 10 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 division games. Cleveland is 4-0 in Carrasco’s last 4 starts against Kansas City and 8-2 in Carrasco’s last 10 road starts against Kansas City.

Carrasco settled down in his last outing after being knocked around in his debut and you could make a case for Keller possibly being the staff ace early on after pitching pretty decent in his first three starts of the year. However, we keep getting reasonable prices to go against the Kansas City Royals, a team that’s already had a 10-game losing streak 12 games into the season. Cleveland is playing the much better baseball right now and this price almost feels like a steal in my opinion, so I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland here on the road.

 

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -152

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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