Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals MLB Picks 7/25/2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Plutko vs. Mike Montgomery
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals (38-64, 4th in AL Central) will take on the Cleveland Indians (58-42, 2nd in AL Central) on Thursday. The Royals open this contest at +150 while the Indians are coming in at -160. The total opens at 10.5.
The Indians have been strong for wagerers, having gone 58-42-0 SU. Kansas City covers 37.2% of the time, going 38-64-0 straight up. The Indians have been strong for wagerers as favorites, going 47-35-0 SU. Kansas City covers 33.7% of the time as an underdog, having gone 29-57-0 straight up.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Indians have been a very good Under choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 43-53-4.
Cleveland covers 55.3% of the time as the away team, having gone 26-21-0 straight up.
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Royals cover 42.0% of the time at Kauffman Stadium, going 21-29-0 SU.
The Royals have been a solid Over choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 50-46-6.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
7/20/2019 Dan Otero RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/18/2019 Corey Kluber SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
7/13/2019 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/13/2019 Bradley Zimmer CF Side Expected to be out until at least Jul 29
7/12/2019 Carlos Carrasco SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
7/12/2019 Cody Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
6/29/2019 Danny Salazar SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
7/17/2019 Adalberto Mondesi SS Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
6/10/2019 Jesse Hahn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
3/28/2019 Trevor Oaks SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
3/11/2019 Salvador Perez C Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 58-42 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 4.81 and a WHIP of 1.09 this season. He has 31 strikeouts over his 48.2 innings pitched and he's given up 47 hits. He's allowed 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.19. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.36 and they have given up 293 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen and they've struck out 324 hitters and walked 96 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 788 base hits and 374 earned runs. They have allowed 133 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 277 batters and struck out 951. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .247, good for 20th in the league. The Indians hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .349. He has 98 hits this season in 334 at bats with 40 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .503 and an OPS+ of 118. Carlos Santana is hitting .283 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .403. He has totaled 101 hits and he has driven in 54 men in 357 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .524. The Indians have 820 hits, including 168 doubles and 131 home runs. Cleveland has walked 352 times so far this season and they have struck out 822 times as a unit. They have left 671 men on base and have a team OPS of .746. They score 4.57 runs per contest and have scored a total of 457 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 38-64 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.83, Mike Montgomery has a 1-3 record and a 1.86 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 29 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 41 hits. He's allowing 12.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.84 and they have given up 364 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 331 batters and walked 153 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.99. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 942 base knocks and 496 earned runs this season. They have given up 129 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 362 hitters and struck out 788 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.Related: ACC Preview - SEC Preview - Sports Handicapping - CFB Futures - Ken Thomson / Tony George break down the Season
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 16th in the league. The Royals hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Alex Gordon comes into this matchup batting .283 with an OBP of .358. He has 101 hits this year along with 60 RBI in 357 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .454 with an OPS+ of 113. Whit Merrifield is hitting .308 this season and he has an OBP of .361. He has collected 132 hits in 428 at bats while driving in 51 runs. He has an OPS+ of 125 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Royals as a unit have 861 base hits, including 183 doubles and 100 homers. Kansas City has walked 292 times this year and they have struck out on 880 occasions. They have had 662 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They have scored 4.37 runs per game and totaled 446 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -160
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