Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals 9/30/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, September 30, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. Eric Skoglund
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Carlos Carrasco for the Indians and Eric Skoglund for the Royals.
Cleveland opens at -215 while Kansas City opens at +175. The Indians have a 75-74-11 over/under record and a 75-85-0 run line mark. The Royals are 77-83-0 against the run line and have a 69-81-10 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 75-74-11 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 75-85-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 69-81-10 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 77-83-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
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 James Hoyt Oblique 10-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
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 90-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has a 16-10 record with an earned run average of 3.42 and a WHIP of 1.13 this year. He has 225 strikeouts over his 187 innings pitched and he's given up 170 hits. He's allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.55 and they have given up 445 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 473 hitters and walked 160 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 3.76. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,328 base hits and 601 earned runs. They have allowed 199 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 400 batters and struck out 1,527. 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 3.79.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .259, good for 2nd in the league. The Indians hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .353. He has 182 hits this season in 653 at bats with 91 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .519 and an OPS+ of 130. Jose Ramirez is hitting .270 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .388. He has totaled 154 hits and he has driven in 105 men in 570 at bats. His OPS+ is 149 while his slugging percentage is at .551. The Indians have 1,432 hits, including 295 doubles and 214 home runs. Cleveland has walked 548 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,172 times as a unit. They have left 1,131 men on base and have a team OPS of .767. They score 5.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 812 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 57-103 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.40, Eric Skoglund has a 1-5 record and a 1.23 WHIP this season. He has 46 strikeouts over the 65 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 63 hits. He allows 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.96. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.09 and they have given up 584 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .275 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 433 batters and walked 247 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 4.98. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,527 base knocks and 782 earned runs this season. They have given up 203 home runs this year, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 543 hitters and struck out 1,140 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 4.67.
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. Salvador Perez comes into this matchup batting .237 with an OBP of .276. He has 120 hits this year along with 80 RBI in 506 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .443 with an OPS+ of 93. Whit Merrifield is hitting .303 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 189 hits in 624 at bats while driving in 58 runs. He has an OPS+ of 121 and a slugging percentage of .438. The Royals as a unit have 1,329 base hits, including 281 doubles and 154 homers. Kansas City has walked 420 times this year and they have struck out on 1,293 occasions. They have had 1,045 men left on base and have an OPS of .697. They have scored 3.92 runs per game and totaled 628 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -215
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