Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians 9/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/21/2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Monday night, Danny Duffy (8 -11, 2.42 ERA) takes the hill for the Cleveland Indians as they take on Carlos Carrasco (8-5-1, 2.65 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians. It will be the 24th start and 30th appearance for Duffy and the 13th start and 39th appearance for Carrasco.
Danny Duffy will come into this game with 3 straight no-decisions to his credit. He threw just one pitch in his last appearance on September 6th and has been working through shoulder issues ever since. He pitched a bullpen session a few days ago and should be ready to make this start. He had some good outings in recent weeks before the injury and is 3 -2 in his last 10 appearances. Last season, Duffy went 2 -0 with a 1.85 ERA in 5 starts.
Duffy didn’t face the Indians last season but he has seen them 4 times this season. In those 3 starts and 1 relief appearance, Duffy is 0 – 1.
Carlos Carrasco was just short of perfect his last time out and his efforts earned him the win. Carrasco went the distance and allowed just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 12 for the complete game shutout. It was the 2nd time in 3 games that Carrasco has held the opposition scoreless. He is 5 -1 in his last 10 trips to the hill. In 2013, he finished the year with a 1 – 4record and a 6.75 ERA in7 starts and 8 relief appearances.
Last season, Carrasco was 0 – 0 with a 3.24 ERA in a start and 2 relief appearances against the Royals. This season, he is 0 – 1 in 3 encounters against Kansas City.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 68-77-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 71-79-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger 15-day DL (9/7)
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
09/18/14 LF Ryan Raburn Knee out for season
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)
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City
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