Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians 9/23/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/22/2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Tuesday night, Yordano Ventura (13 - 10, 3.19 ERA) gets the call for the Kansas City Royals as they take on Danny Salazar (6 -7, 4.02 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians. It will be the 29th start and 30th appearance for Ventura and the 20th start for Salazar.
Yordano Ventura was brilliant his last time out and his effort led to a victory for him. Ventura surrendered a run on 3 hits through 7 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 7. Ventura had pretty much been on a roll in recent weeks with just 2 less than stellar outings in his last 10 appearances. He is 6 -2 in his last 10 trips to the mound. Last season, he started just 3 games in his rookie year and compiled a record of 0 -1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Ventura pitched to a no-decision in his only start against the Indians in 2013. This season, in 3 appearances against the Indians, Ventura is 2 – 0.
Danny Salazar pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last start. Through 7.1 innings of work, Salazar gave up just a run on 5 hits. He struck out 9 while walking just 1. When Salazar has been good in recent weeks, he gets results. But other starts have been disastrous and that’s why he is 4 - 3 in his last 10 appearances. Last season, Salazar posted a record of 2 -3 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 starts.
Salazar took the loss in his only start against the Royals in 2013. This season, he is 2 -1 in 3 encounters against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 68-78-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 72-79-4 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)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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