Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 8/24/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 24, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Clevinger vs. Brad Keller
The Cleveland Indians head to Kauffman Stadium on Friday, August 24, 2018 to take on the Kansas City Royals. The expected starting pitchers are Mike Clevinger for the Indians and Brad Keller for the Royals.
The odds for this matchup have Cleveland at -205 and Kansas City at +190. The Indians have a 63-58-5 over/under mark and a 60-66-0 run line record. The Royals are 55-72-0 against the run line and have a 55-66-6 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 63-58-5 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 60-66-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 55-66-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 55-72-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
08/23/18 CF Rajai Davis Undisclosed 10-day DL (08/20)
08/14/18 P Trevor Bauer Ankle 10-day DL (08/12)
08/09/18 CF Leonys Martin Illness 10-day DL (08/09) out for the season
07/28/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hip 10-day DL (07/28)
07/10/18 P Josh Tomlin Hamstring 10-day DL (07/10)
07/04/18 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Calf 60-day DL (07/03)
06/20/18 P Evan Marshall Elbow 10-day DL (06/20)
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)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/22/18 P Danny Duffy Shoulder 10-day DL (08/12); expected to be activated and start Thursday vs Tampa Bay Rays
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
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 73-53 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger has a 9-7 record with an earned run average of 3.25 and a WHIP of 1.24 this year. He has 155 strikeouts over his 157.2 innings pitched and he's given up 142 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.81 and they have given up 333 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 341 hitters and walked 111 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,044 base hits and 476 earned runs. They have allowed 155 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 302 batters and struck out 1,165. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .259, good for 4th in the league. The Indians hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .410. He has 136 hits this season in 457 at bats with 91 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .624 and an OPS+ of 170. Francisco Lindor is hitting .289 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .369. He has totaled 147 hits and he has driven in 76 men in 509 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .542. The Indians have 1,123 hits, including 238 doubles and 175 home runs. Cleveland has walked 424 times so far this season and they have struck out 923 times as a unit. They have left 868 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 5.1 runs per contest and have scored a total of 643 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 38-89 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.32, Brad Keller has a 6-5 record and a 1.35 WHIP this season. He has 67 strikeouts over the 100.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 95 hits. He allows 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.72. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.18 and they have given up 460 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 350 batters and walked 195 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.26. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,225 base knocks and 654 earned runs this season. They have given up 168 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 452 hitters and struck out 916 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.80.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 26th in the league. The Royals hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .301, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .302 with an OBP of .371. He has 146 hits this year along with 44 RBI in 483 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .431 with an OPS+ of 121. Salvador Perez is hitting .233 this season and he has an OBP of .270. He has collected 97 hits in 417 at bats while driving in 60 runs. He has an OPS+ of 88 and a slugging percentage of .427. The Royals as a unit have 1,032 base hits, including 208 doubles and 111 homers. Kansas City has walked 333 times this year and they have struck out on 1,009 occasions. They have had 843 men left on base and have an OPS of .675. They have scored 3.65 runs per game and totaled 463 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -205
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