Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals


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The Indians meet the Royals for game one of their 3 game series in Kansas City. For the Indians, Shane Bieber will take the mound posting an exceptional 1.35 era and a whip of 0.81 Bieber has 75 strike outs this season with a record of 6-0. Though Bieber has a high exit velocity at 89.3 mph, he is able to make up for it with strike outs so I don't expect any crazy regression for Bieber. The Indians are averaging .224 batting as a team with a woba of .302. For the Royals, Brad Keller will take the mound posting a 2.08 era and a whip of 1.15. Keller is 3-1 this season with 19 strike outs. Kellers exit velocity is somewhat high at 88.4 mph so this could lead to some regression later this season, but it is unlikely to happen against the Indians who are batting poorly this year. The Royals are batting .248 as a team with a woba of .311. The Indians have a clear pitching advantage here with Bieber on the mound and should be able to contain the Royals offense. If the Indians can pull through on batting, I like them to win this one.

Cleveland Indians:
Record: 21-13

Last 10 Games: 6-4

Streak: L1

Kansas City Royals:
Record: 13-21

Last 10 Games: 3-7

Streak: L1

  • Cleveland are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
  • Cleveland are 13-4 SU in their last 17 games against Kansas City.
  • Cleveland are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games.
  • Kansas City are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games against Cleveland.