Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians 7/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/4/2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 6:05 PM
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Kansas City Royals - Guthrie, J (5-6) vs. Cleveland Indians - House, T (0-2)
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Saturday night, the Kansas City Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie as they take on the Cleveland Indians and T.J. House. It will be the 18 th start of the year for Guthrie and the 7th start (and 8th appearance) for House.
Jeremy Guthrie escaped with a no-decision in his last outing and that held his record at 5 - 6 with a 3.69 ERA. In that start, Guthrie surrendered 4 runs and 8 hits (including 2 homers) in 6.2 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 4. It wasn't a solid outing for a pitcher that had won his last 3 starts. And it seems unlikely that Guthrie will post numbers close to last year's when he went 15 - 12 with a 4.04 ERA in 33 starts.
In 2013, Guthrie was 2 - 1 with a 3.81 ERA in 4 starts against the Indians. This season, he lost his only start against the Tribe after giving up 4 runs on 10 hits (including 2 homers) in 6.1 innings.
T.J. House saw his record fall to 0 - 2 with a 4.28 ERA after taking the loss his last time out. In that start, House gave up just 2 runs on 6 hits (including a homer) in 6 innings of work. He walked a batter while striking out 5. But his offense got shutout and he took the loss. House hasn't had that many bad outings but the bats have been silent a lot for the Indians this season.
House has never faced the Royals and will have to lean on the rest of the pitching staff and the scouting report for some pearls of wisdom that might get him past Kansas City.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 40-40-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 43-38-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/21/14 RF Norichika Aoki Groin 15-day DL (6/21)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 15-day DL (6/12)
05/15/14 RF Nyjer Morgan Knee 60-day DL (5/14)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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