Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians MLB Game Picks 8/25/2019
Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Eric Skoglund vs. Shane Bieber
Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians (75-54, 2nd in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (45-84, 4th in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The odds on this contest have the Royals coming in at +305 and the Indians are at -350. The O/U is set at 9.
The Royals have been a bad play for baseball bettors, having gone 45-84-0 SU. The Indians are covering 58.1% of the time, going 75-54-0 straight up.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Royals have been a good Under play for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 61-62-6.
Kansas City is covering 31.8% of the time as a visitor, having gone 21-45-0 straight up.
Important Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland is covering 60.6% of the time at Progressive Field, going 40-26-0 SU.
The Indians have been an awful Over play for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 55-69-5.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/23/2019 Danny Duffy SP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/22/2019 Jake Newberry RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/20/2019 Jesse Hahn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/19/2019 Cam Gallagher C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/16/2019 Trevor Oaks SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/14/2019 Adalberto Mondesi SS Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
3/11/2019 Salvador Perez C Elbow Out for the season
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/23/2019 Dan Otero RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/23/2019 Carlos Carrasco SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/22/2019 Jordan Luplow RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/22/2019 Tyler Olson RP Infection Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/20/2019 Corey Kluber SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/20/2019 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/18/2019 Danny Salazar SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/14/2019 Bradley Zimmer CF Side Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/12/2019 Christian Arroyo 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
7/12/2019 Cody Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 45-84 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Eric Skoglund is expected to make his season debut for KC. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 463 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the bullpen and they've struck out 409 hitters and walked 203 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,202 base hits and 630 earned runs. They have allowed 171 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 457 batters and struck out 988. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.82.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .242, good for 26th in the league. The Royals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Hunter Dozier is hitting .286 with an on-base percentage of .363. He has 113 hits this season in 395 at bats with 70 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .552 and an OPS+ of 136. Whit Merrifield is hitting .300 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .352. He has totaled 162 hits and he has driven in 65 men in 540 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .478. The Royals have 1,059 hits, including 218 doubles and 128 home runs. Kansas City has walked 363 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,085 times as a unit. They have left 825 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 543 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 75-54 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.26, Shane Bieber has a 12-6 record and a 1.00 WHIP. He has 207 strikeouts over the 168.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 135 hits. He's allowing 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 377 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 406 batters and walked 131 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.69. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,031 base knocks and 470 earned runs this season. They have given up 162 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 355 hitters and struck out 1,196 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.04.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 16th in the league. The Indians hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .297 with an OBP of .351. He has 136 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 458 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .517 with an OPS+ of 123. Carlos Santana is hitting .292 this season and he has an OBP of .413. He has collected 132 hits in 452 at bats while driving in 79 runs. He has an OPS+ of 149 and a slugging percentage of .549. The Indians as a unit have 1,084 base hits, including 229 doubles and 177 homers. Cleveland has walked 441 times this year and they have struck out on 1,044 occasions. They have had 857 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They have scored 4.68 runs per game and totaled 604 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians (-350)
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