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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (73-55) at Kansas City Royals (39-90)
Date & Time Sunday August 26, 2018, 2:15 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Kansas City Royals +197 / Cleveland Indians -213 --- Over/Under: 9
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MLB | Cleveland Indians (73-55) at Kansas City Royals (39-90)
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The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals will be finishing up their set from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday in MLB activity. 

The Royals took a stunner 5-4 on Friday in the opener, then on Saturday KC kept it going 7-1. 

For the Sunday game, the Indians will be sending out RHP Shane Bieber. In his 74.1 innings and 7-2 mark this year, Bieber has a 4.36 ERA with 76 Ks and 15 BBs. 

Heading into the weekend, Francisco Lindor led the Indians on 149 hits, 105 runs, 29 homers and 76 RBI. On Saturday, Lindor came up empty. 

As for the Royals, they’re going with Jorge Lopez on Sunday. In his 29.1 innings and 0-3 mark this season, Lopez has a 3.99 ERA with 21 Ks and 18 BBs. 

Tops on offense for the Royals is Whit Merrifield, who brought 149 hits, 61 runs and 44 RBI into the weekend. On Saturday, Merrifield had two hits and two RBI. 

The Indians are 4-0 in their last four Sunday games and 36-15 in their last 51 in game three of a series. Cleveland is also 5-2 in Bieber’s last seven road starts and 9-4 in Bieber’s last 13 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Royals are 5-18 in their last 22 Sunday games and 12-42 in their last 54 in game three of a series. The over is 3-0-1 in the Royals’ last four Sunday games and 4-0 in their last four in game three of a series. 

Over his last pair of starts, Bieber has given up three runs in each. He made it through just 4.1 innings in Cincinnati but fared better in Boston with 6.1 innings and five hits. As for Lopez, he coughed up six earned against Toronto but bounced back with one earned in 5.0 innings versus Tampa. All things considered here, this should be the Indians’ game to take.

Cleveland Indians -213

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