Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 8/30/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/29/2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
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Saturday night, the Cleveland Indians will send Trevor Bauer (5 – 7, 4.18 ERA) to the mound to take on the Kansas City Royals and James Shields (12 – 7, 3.45 ERA). Bauer makes his 21st start as Shields makes his 29th.
Trevor Bauer picked up the win in his last start after pitching 6 innings of shutout ball. Bauer allowed just 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9 batters. The win was the first for Bauer since the middle of July. The young right-hander has struggled in his last few outings as he hasn’t found a way to gain some control over his pitches. He has walked at least 2 batters in 8 of his last 10 starts. He has compiled a record of 3 - 3 in those outings. Last season, Bauer went 1 - 2 with a 5.29 ERA in 4 starts.
Bauer has already faced the Royals once this season and in that start, Kansas City got to him for 3 runs and 7 hits in 5.1 innings as they dealt him the loss.
James Shields was routed in his last start and he took the loss. In a 6.2 inning effort, Shields surrendered 6 runs and 10 hits (including 2 homers). He walked 3 batters and struck out 3. Shields was having a decent month (3 -0 in 4 starts) until this outing. Even with the loss, he is still 4 – 2 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Shields posted a 13 – 9 record with a 3.15 ERA in 34 starts.
Last season, Shields was 2 – 0 with a 3.56 ERA in 5 starts against the Indians. Earlier this season, he beat Cleveland after holding them to 2 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 62-65-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.1
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 59-66-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
08/23/14 C Yan Gomes Concussion 7-day DL (8/22)
08/19/14 LF Ryan Raburn Wrist 15-day DL (8/18)
08/10/14 RF David Murphy Side 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Kansas City Royals
08/26/14 2B Omar Infante Shoulder out indefinitely
08/26/14 P Yordano Ventura Back questionable
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
08/01/14 1B Eric Hosmer Hand 15-day DL (8/1)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City
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