Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/22/2014
Wednesday, April 23, 7:05 PM on FSKC, STOh
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (2-0) vs. Cleveland Indians - Masterson, J (0-0)
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Wednesday night, the Kansas City Royals and Jason Vargas will face the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson. Both pitchers will be making their 5th starts of the season.
Jason Vargas is coming off a win in his last start that pushed his record to 2 – 0 with an ERA of 1.24. In his 4th start, Vargas pitched 7 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Last season, with the Los Angeles Angels, Vargas was 9 – 8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts. If Vargas continues at this pace, he could post the best results of his career.
In 2013, Vargas didn’t face the Indians but he has enough experience against the Cleveland hitters to know what to expect. Cleveland’s Nick Swisher is a career .357 hitter against Vargas with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs.
Justin Masterson has yet to get a decision in his 4 starts this season. His last outing went 6.1 innings and he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. There have been some concerns about some loss in velocity from Masterson and that could be why he has yet to register a win. In 2013, Masterson went 14 – 10 with an ERA of 3.45 in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances.
Last season, Masterson was 1 – 1 in 2 starts against the Royals. He allowed 9 runs on 18 hits in 12.2 innings. And if his velocity is down, he will need to stay away from Alex Gordon. Gordon is 12 of 34 with a homer and 5 RBIs when facing Masterson.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 7-9-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is -0.3
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 10-8-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
04/18/14 CF Lorenzo Cain Groin 15-day DL (4/17)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
04/09/14 P Tim Collins Elbow 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
No injuries to report at this time
Guy's Pick: Take Kansas City
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