Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 5/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+115) Kansas City (-125)
Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals (16-10, 1st in AL Central) play the Cleveland Indians (13-13, 3rd in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. The Indians open this game at +115 while the Royals are coming in at -125. The total is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Sam Hentges and Mike Minor.
Cleveland has a slugging percentage of .384 and have been called out on strikes 220 times, while being walked on 84 occasions. They have accrued 99 RBI's as well as 175 hits on the campaign, and their average at the plate sits at .207. The Indians have tallied 37 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 34 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 103 runs and have an OBP of .283. As a team, the Cleveland Indians are scoring 4.0 runs per game, which ranks them 22nd in MLB.
The Indians hold a team earned run average of 3.71 over the course of the season (11th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 258 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 89 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.26 as a unit on the year. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.90 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.16. Indians pitchers have conceded 37 home runs and 103 runs (6th in the league).
The Indians bullpen have compiled a save rate of 80.0% and has come into the game in 22 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 23 runners for the season with 34.8% of them crossed home plate. Indians relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 18 times in addition to having 20 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have dispatched 81 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have notched 12 holds on the year (18th in the league). They have recorded 8 saves so far this year and have blown 2 of their 10 save opportunities.
The Indians have turned 73.0% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,076 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 3rd in baseball. The Cleveland Indians have accumulated 692 putouts so far this season, in addition to 236 assists and 16 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which is 17th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 174 double plays.
Hentges has taken the ball for 5 innings and is sitting with 6 K's thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.76 (3 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.412. He has surrendered 8 hits (12.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 2 free passes. Hentges (1-0 career record) sits with a FIP of 7.88 while facing 25 batters in the major leagues.
The Kansas City Royals are sitting with a team OBP of .305 and a batting average of .237 over the course of the season. They have struck out on 206 occasions (27th in baseball) and have accounted for 201 base knocks. Kansas City has recorded 27 home runs for the year as well as 114 RBIs. The Royals hold a team slugging percentage of .397 and they average 4.62 runs per game (11th in the league). They have hit 40 doubles, while getting a free base 80 times as well as recording 120 runs.
The Kansas City pitching staff have given up 123 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.34 (109 earned runs given up). They have conceded 28 dingers and they surrender 4.90 runs per 9 innings (21st in the league). The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.367 and have a FIP of 4.12 as a pitching staff this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.34 (229 strikeouts against 98 free passes). They are sitting at 17th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 211.
Sitting with 29 save situations, the Royals have accumulated 17 holds and also 3 blown saves. Kansas City has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 12 save chances and they have walked away with 9 saves. Their relievers have taken the field 31 times in high leverage situations and also on 29 occasions with base runners. Kansas City bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 21.3% out of 47 inherited base runners. They are ranked 8th in baseball holding a save rate of 75.0%, and they have sent 91 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the season.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 22 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .979 (27th in pro baseball). The Royals have accrued 206 assists, 19 errors and have a tally of 678 putouts during this campaign. In their 2,034 innings on the diamond, the Royals have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.2% (26th in baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Minor has conceded 1,099 base knocks while earning 1,075 strikeouts in 1,178 innings. Minor (73-67 career mark) holds a 4.01 earned run average while giving up 8.4 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 525 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.226 and having a FIP of 4.0. His K/BB ratio is 3.12 and he has gone up against 4,892 opposing batters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (-125)
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