Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 8/26/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Shane Bieber vs. Jorge Lopez
The Cleveland Indians head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, August 26, 2018 to take on the Kansas City Royals. The expected starting pitchers are Shane Bieber for the Indians and Jorge Lopez for the Royals.
The odds for this matchup have Cleveland at -213 and Kansas City at +197. The Indians have a 63-59-6 over/under mark and a 60-68-0 run line record. The Royals are 57-72-0 against the run line and have a 55-66-8 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 63-59-6 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 60-68-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 55-66-8 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 57-72-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
08/23/18 P Neil Ramirez Back 10-day DL (08/23)
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)
07/28/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hip 10-day DL (07/28)
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
08/01/18 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 73-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Shane Bieber has a 7-2 record with an earned run average of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.36 this year. He has 76 strikeouts over his 74.1 innings pitched and he's given up 86 hits. He allows 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.02. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.84 and they have given up 342 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen and they've struck out 345 hitters and walked 113 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 3.82. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,062 base hits and 488 earned runs. They have allowed 158 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 311 batters and struck out 1,181. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .258, good for 4th in the league. The Indians hold a .440 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .288 with an on-base percentage of .366. He has 149 hits this season in 518 at bats with 76 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .537 and an OPS+ of 138. Jose Ramirez is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .408. He has totaled 137 hits and he has driven in 91 men in 464 at bats. His OPS+ is 169 while his slugging percentage is at .616. The Indians have 1,138 hits, including 239 doubles and 177 home runs. Cleveland has walked 427 times so far this season and they have struck out 938 times as a unit. They have left 879 men on base and have a team OPS of .769. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 647 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 39-90 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.99, Jorge Lopez has a 0-3 record and a 1.60 WHIP this season. He has 21 strikeouts over the 29.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 29 hits. He allows 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.16 and they have given up 469 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 355 batters and walked 201 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 5.24. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,246 base knocks and 661 earned runs this season. They have given up 170 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 461 hitters and struck out 933 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 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 .239, 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. Salvador Perez comes into this matchup batting .232 with an OBP of .270. He has 98 hits this year along with 64 RBI in 423 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .430 with an OPS+ of 89. Whit Merrifield is hitting .304 this season and he has an OBP of .373. He has collected 149 hits in 490 at bats while driving in 44 runs. He has an OPS+ of 121 and a slugging percentage of .431. The Royals as a unit have 1,045 base hits, including 210 doubles and 114 homers. Kansas City has walked 339 times this year and they have struck out on 1,028 occasions. They have had 854 men left on base and have an OPS of .675. They have scored 3.65 runs per game and totaled 471 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -213
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