Cleveland Indians (45-37) at Kansas City Royals (25-58)
|Date & Time||Monday July 2, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +240 / Cleveland Indians -280 --- Over/Under: 8
FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet in game one of a three game set from Kauffman Stadium in MLB action on Monday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to build some steam after avoiding a sweep at the hands of Oakland with a 15-3 rout in the series finale on Sunday. The Tribe belted out 20 hits, with Yonder Alonso leading the way with three RBIs, going 4 for 6 with a pair of doubles. Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall and Edwin Encarnacion each had two RBIs, with Lindor and Encarnacion homering and Lindor hitting two doubles as did Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall. Jason Kipnis added an RBI with a double and Tyler Naquin added a run of his own to cap off Cleveland’s scoring in the win. Yan Gomes added a double to round out the Indians’ offense in the victory. Mike Clevinger got the win to improve to 7-3 this season after giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Corey Kluber will start game one and is 11-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 10-6 with a 2.82 ERA and 138 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after being swept by the Mariners over the weekend, including a 1-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Salvador Perez had a double while Whit Merrifield added a base hit of his own as the Royals put up just two hits as a team in the loss, with the rest of the Royals going 0 for 21 with 11 strikeouts. Brad Keller took the loss, falling to 2-3 this season after tossing eight strong innings, giving up just the one run on six hits while striking out three. Jakob Junis will start the opener and is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 21-5 in Kluber’s last 26 division starts and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Kansas City is 0-6 in Junis’ last 6 starts and 5-23 in their last 28 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 6-1-1 in Junis’ last 8 division starts. Cleveland is 4-0 in Kluber’s last 4 starts against Kansas City.
The plus money with Kansas City is tempting because it only takes one bounce for a game to shift in one team’s direction and these are still professionals even with the Royals being one of the worst teams in the league and Kluber is coming off of a horrendous start where he gave up six runs before making it out of the 2nd inning. However, Junis has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts, allowing a combined 20 runs over 21.2 innings. Kluber is still one of the best in the game, but I’m not paying this kind of heavy juice, so I’ll back the Indians on the run line to negate the heavy line.