Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 9/9/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+184) Indians (-220)
Franmil Reyes and the Cleveland Indians (26-15, 2nd in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (14-28, 5th in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Wednesday. The Indians open this game at -220 while the Royals are priced at +184. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Danny Duffy and Carlos Carrasco.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
9/7/2020 Jorge Soler DH Oblique Probable for Sep 8
9/7/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
9/6/2020 Carlos Hernandez RP Abdomen Probable for Sep 8
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
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
9/7/2020 Jose Ramirez 3B Thumb Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/7/2020 Delino DeShields CF Shoulder Probable for Sep 8
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 14-28 overall record this season. Duffy (62-64 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.27 while he has gone up against 4,652 batters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.01 (488 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.317. He has conceded 1,040 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 403 walks. Duffy has taken the mound for 1,096 innings and has earned 969 punchouts in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 171 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 188 hitters and walked 87 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.69. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 364 base hits and 187 earned runs. They have allowed 58 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 158 batters and struck out 348. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.86.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .238, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .249 with an on-base percentage of .301. He has 42 hits this season in 169 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .420 and an OPS+ of 93. Maikel Franco is hitting .268 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .310. He has totaled 42 hits and he has driven in 21 men in 157 at bats. His OPS+ is 108 while his slugging percentage is at .471. The Royals have 330 hits, including 70 doubles and 47 home runs. Kansas City has walked 117 times so far this season and they have struck out 364 times as a unit. They have left 273 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 3.79 runs per contest and have scored a total of 159 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 26-15 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Carrasco has surrendered 1,146 base hits and he has 1,275 K's in 1,216 innings. He has surrendered a total of 514 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.201 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.06 and he has gone up against 5,013 hitters so far in his MLB career. Carrasco (87-72 career mark) has a 3.80 ERA and has given up 8.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 96 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 141 batters and walked 41 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.76. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 288 base knocks and 113 earned runs this season. They have given up 41 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 104 hitters and struck out 418 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 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 3.31.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 25th in the league. The Indians hold a .364 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Franmil Reyes comes into this matchup batting .322 with an OBP of .387. He has 47 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 146 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .541 with an OPS+ of 145. Jose Ramirez is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 39 hits in 157 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 119 and a slugging percentage of .478. The Indians as a unit have 306 base hits, including 58 doubles and 40 homers. Cleveland has walked 171 times this year and they have struck out on 358 occasions. They have had 286 men left on base and have an OPS of .687. They have scored 4.2 runs per game and totaled 172 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Indians (-220) and over 8.5 runs
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