Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians 9/24/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/23/2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Wednesday night, the Kansas City Royals will take the field behind Jason Vargas (11 – 10, 3.59 ERA) as they square off against the Cleveland Indians and Trevor Bauer (5 – 8, 4.06 ERA). Vargas makes his 30th start as Bauer makes his 26th.
Jason Vargas lost his 3rd straight game in his last outing. In the loss, Vargas was torched for 5 runs and 9 hits in just 3.1 innings of work. He struck out a batter without issuing any walks. Vargas has struggled mightily in recent weeks and he is just 3 – 6 in his last 10 trips to the hill. Last season, Vargas posted a record of 9 – 8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Los Angeles Angels.
Vargas didn’t face the Indians in 2013 but he has seen them 3 times this season. In those 3 encounters, Vargas is 1 -1.
Trevor Bauer escaped with a no-decision in his last outing. In 6 innings of work, Bauer gave up 3 runs on 4 hits (including 2 home runs). He struck out 6 without issuing any walks. The last few weeks (and frankly the whole season) haven’t been that great for Bauer. He hasn’t had a win in nearly a month and is just 1 -2 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Bauer started just 4 games on the way to a 1 - 2 record and a 5.29 ERA.
Bauer didn’t pitch against the Royals last season but he has started 2 games against them this season. In those starts, Bauer is 0 – 1.
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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