Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 9/7/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+196) Indians (-215)
Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians (24-15, 2nd in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (14-26, 5th in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Monday. The Royals open this contest at +196 while the Indians are priced at -215. The O/U opens at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Matt Harvey and Zach Plesac.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
9/5/2020 Jorge Soler DH Oblique Probable for Sep 6
9/4/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
9/2/2020 Jake Junis SP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
9/5/2020 Delino DeShields CF Shoulder Probable for Sep 6
9/5/2020 Roberto Perez C Shoulder Probable for Sep 6
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 14-26 overall record this season. Harvey has taken the mound for 834 frames and has earned 768 K's in his career. His earned run average is 4.13 (383 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.243. He has surrendered 800 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) with 237 free passes. Harvey (44-51 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.93 and he has gone up against 3,496 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 162 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 180 hitters and walked 79 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 343 base hits and 175 earned runs. They have allowed 57 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 149 batters and struck out 337. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.88.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .238, good for 20th in the league. The Royals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Hunter Dozier is hitting .241 with an on-base percentage of .382. He has 20 hits this season in 83 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS+ of 128. Jorge Soler is hitting .235 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 32 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 136 at bats. His OPS+ is 112 while his slugging percentage is at .456. The Royals have 313 hits, including 69 doubles and 45 home runs. Kansas City has walked 117 times so far this season and they have struck out 347 times as a unit. They have left 261 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 3.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 155 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 24-15 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Plesac has surrendered 118 base knocks while he has earned 118 strikeouts in 142 innings. He has surrendered 53 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.125 and a FIP of 4.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.81 and he has faced 574 batters so far in his MLB career. Plesac (10-7 career mark) holds a 3.35 ERA while surrendering 7.5 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.81 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 135 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.83. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 272 base knocks and 110 earned runs this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 101 hitters and struck out 398 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 3.37.
As a team, they are batting .226, good for 25th in the league. The Indians hold a .367 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.4 hits per contest. Carlos Santana comes into this matchup batting .193 with an OBP of .353. He has 26 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 135 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .296 with an OPS+ of 78. Francisco Lindor is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .331. He has collected 43 hits in 158 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 105 and a slugging percentage of .443. The Indians as a unit have 290 base hits, including 56 doubles and 40 homers. Cleveland has walked 163 times this year and they have struck out on 350 occasions. They have had 273 men left on base and have an OPS of .689. They have scored 4.18 runs per game and totaled 163 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals (+196)
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