Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 9/27/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Josh Tomlin vs. Glenn Sparkman
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Josh Tomlin for the Indians and Glenn Sparkman for the Royals.
Cleveland opens at -160 while Kansas City opens at +135. The Indians have a 73-73-11 over/under record and a 73-84-0 run line mark. The Royals are 75-82-0 against the run line and have a 68-79-10 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 73-73-11 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 73-84-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 68-79-10 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 75-82-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
09/25/18 LF Michael Brantley Calf left last game, is questionable Wednesday vs Chicago White Sox
08/09/18 CF Leonys Martin Illness 60-day DL (08/09)
07/28/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hip 60-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
09/05/18 P Danny Duffy Shoulder is out for season
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-day DL (06/16)
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 88-69 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has a 2-5 record with an earned run average of 6.44 and a WHIP of 1.52 this year. He has 41 strikeouts over his 65.2 innings pitched and he's given up 88 hits. He's allowed 12.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.34. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.50 and they have given up 433 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 463 hitters and walked 154 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,307 base hits and 591 earned runs. They have allowed 197 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 392 batters and struck out 1,498. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .257, good for 5th in the league. The Indians hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .274 with an on-base percentage of .391. He has 153 hits this season in 559 at bats with 104 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .558 and an OPS+ of 151. Francisco Lindor is hitting .279 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .353. He has totaled 178 hits and he has driven in 89 men in 639 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .520. The Indians have 1,390 hits, including 284 doubles and 210 home runs. Cleveland has walked 536 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,155 times as a unit. They have left 1,101 men on base and have a team OPS of .764. They score 5.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 787 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 55-102 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.86, Glenn Sparkman has a 0-3 record and a 1.71 WHIP this season. He has 25 strikeouts over the 33.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 42 hits. He allows 11.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.27. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.03 and they have given up 568 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 427 batters and walked 242 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 29th in the league in team earned run average at 4.99. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,496 base knocks and 768 earned runs this season. They have given up 200 home runs this year, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 535 hitters and struck out 1,121 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.68.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .304 with an OBP of .369. He has 185 hits this year along with 58 RBI in 609 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .442 with an OPS+ of 123. Salvador Perez is hitting .235 this season and he has an OBP of .275. He has collected 116 hits in 493 at bats while driving in 77 runs. He has an OPS+ of 93 and a slugging percentage of .442. The Royals as a unit have 1,305 base hits, including 274 doubles and 151 homers. Kansas City has walked 413 times this year and they have struck out on 1,269 occasions. They have had 1,027 men left on base and have an OPS of .697. They have scored 3.91 runs per game and totaled 614 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +135
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