Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 7/2/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, July 2, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Jakob Junis
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Monday, July 2, 2018 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Jakob Junis for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -242 and Kansas City at +222. The Indians have a 41-38-2 over/under record and a 38-43-0 run line mark. The Royals are 33-49-0 against the run line and have a 31-47-4 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 41-38-2 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 38-43-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 31-47-4 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 33-49-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
06/20/18 P Evan Marshall Elbow 10-day DL (06/20)
06/17/18 P Carlos Carrasco Elbow 10-day DL (06/17)
06/17/18 P Tyler Olson Side 10-day DL (06/17)
05/26/18 P Andrew Miller Knee 10-day DL (05/26)
05/04/18 P Danny Salazar Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (02/25)
03/26/18 P Ryan Merritt Knee 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 10-day DL (06/16)
05/31/18 P Blaine Boyer Back 10-day DL (05/29)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
05/21/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 10-day DL (05/16)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 44-37 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 11-4 record with an earned run average of 2.54 and a WHIP of 0.86 this season. He has 115 strikeouts over his 113.1 innings pitched and he's given up 84 hits. He's allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.28. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.24 and they have given up 214 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 215 hitters and walked 72 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 664 base hits and 320 earned runs. They have allowed 104 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 195 batters and struck out 737. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit is 3.86.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .252, good for 8th in the league. The Indians hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .290 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 96 hits this season in 331 at bats with 46 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .547 and an OPS+ of 139. Jose Ramirez is hitting .291 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .398. He has totaled 88 hits and he has driven in 53 men in 302 at bats. His OPS+ is 162 while his slugging percentage is at .603. The Indians have 706 hits, including 155 doubles and 114 home runs. Cleveland has walked 266 times so far this season and they have struck out 663 times as a unit. They have left 559 men on base and have a team OPS of .756. They score 4.86 runs per contest and have scored a total of 394 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 25-57 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.67, Jakob Junis has a 5-9 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 90 strikeouts over the 96.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 95 hits. He's allowing 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.23. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.30 and they have given up 281 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 206 batters and walked 119 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.2. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 784 base knocks and 422 earned runs this season. They have given up 119 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 281 hitters and struck out 589 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.87.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 23rd in the league. The Royals hold a .364 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Mike Moustakas comes into this matchup batting .261 with an OBP of .317. He has 81 hits this year along with 53 RBI in 310 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .477 with an OPS+ of 117. Whit Merrifield is hitting .289 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 88 hits in 304 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 113 and a slugging percentage of .405. The Royals as a unit have 663 base hits, including 134 doubles and 66 homers. Kansas City has walked 217 times this year and they have struck out on 609 occasions. They have had 546 men left on base and have an OPS of .664. They have scored 3.51 runs per game and totaled 288 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians -242
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