Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 5/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals (15-8, 1st in AL Central) host the Cleveland Indians (11-12, 3rd in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Monday.
As a squad, the Cleveland Indians are notching 3.9 runs per game, which has them sitting at 24th in the league. They have earned 90 runs and hold an OBP of .284. The Indians have accrued 35 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 30 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 87 runs batted in and 156 hits this year, while their team batting average sits at .209. Cleveland owns a slugging percentage of .387 and have been called out on strikes 195 times, while taking a walk on 75 occasions.
Indians pitchers have conceded 36 long balls in addition to 93 total runs (10th in baseball). They have walked 76 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.47 as a unit this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.89 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.17. The Indians have an earned run average of 3.75 so far this season (11th in the league), and the staff has struck out 220 hitters.
The Indians bullpen have compiled a save rate of 77.8% and has come into the game in 18 save situations. The relievers have inherited 21 base runners this season with 38.1% of those runners crossed home plate. Indians relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 16 times as well as having 17 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have dispatched 70 relief pitchers to the hill this season. The relief pitchers have recorded 9 holds this year (22nd in MLB). They have tallied 7 saves on the campaign and have missed out on 2 of their 9 chances to save the game.
The Indians have converted 73.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 1,842 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 2nd in MLB. The Cleveland Indians are sitting with 614 putouts on the year, as well as 207 assists and 14 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .983 which has them ranked 18th in baseball, and they have turned 152 double plays.
Civale has taken the hill for 165 innings and has earned 141 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Civale (11-10 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 3.80 while he has faced 666 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.54 (65 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.143. He has conceded 148 base knocks (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has had 41 walks.
Kansas City has tallied 21 home runs on the year and 98 RBIs. They have recorded 35 two-baggers, while walking 71 times as well as notching 104 runs. The Kansas City Royals have accumulated an on-base percentage of .305 in addition to a batting average of .237 so far this season. The Royals have a team SLG% of .386 and they score 4.52 runs per contest (10th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 183 occasions (27th in the league) and have earned 177 base hits.
The Kansas City pitching staff have yielded 98 runs for the season while having an ERA of 3.99 (89 earned runs allowed). They have yielded 21 home runs and they relinquish 4.39 runs per 9 innings (16th in the league). The Royals have a WHIP of 1.328 in addition to having a FIP of 3.69 as a squad this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.54 (208 strikeouts vs 82 walks). They have a ranking of 17th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 185.
With 29 save situations, the Royals have accumulated 17 holds and 3 blown saves. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 12 save opportunities and they have come away with 9 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 31 times in high leverage situations and also on 28 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 19.6% out of 46 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 8th in the league with a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have sent 83 bullpen pitchers to the mound on the year.
In 1,809 innings on the diamond, the Royals have a efficiency on defense of 67.8% (29th in pro baseball). The Kansas City Royals have turned 20 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (27th in the majors). The Royals have 182 assists, 16 errors and have earned 603 putouts so far this year.
Junis (28-32 mark in his career) has a 4.72 earned run average and has allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.27 and he has faced 2,159 batters in his career. He has surrendered 262 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.340 and a FIP of 4.7. So far in his MLB career, Junis has allowed 530 base knocks while tallying 454 punch outs in 499 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City
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