Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 5/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (-167) Kansas City (+154)
Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians (14-13, 3rd in AL Central) are headed to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet the Kansas City Royals (16-11, 1st in AL Central). The odds on this contest have the Indians priced at -167 and the Royals are at +154. The O/U opens at 7. The pitchers taking the mound are Shane Bieber and Brady Singer.
As a unit, the Cleveland Indians are compiling 4.1 runs per game, which is 17th in MLB. They have tallied 111 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .288. The Indians have compiled 41 doubles as a squad and have hit 36 balls out of the park. They have compiled 107 RBI's as well as 185 base knocks so far this season, and their average at the plate sits at .210. Cleveland has a slugging rate of .391 and have been rung up 229 times, while being walked on 92 occasions.
The Indians have compiled a team earned run average of 3.80 on the season (12th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 264 batters. They have walked 94 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.35 as a team over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.81 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.18. Indians pitchers have given up 39 home runs and 109 total runs (11th in MLB).
The Indians relief pitchers have a save rate of 81.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 23 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 26 runners so far this year and 34.6% of them crossed home plate. Indians pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 20 times and also have had 22 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 84 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen have earned 12 holds on the campaign (19th in MLB). They have compiled 9 saves this season and have blown 2 out of their 11 save opportunities.
The Indians have converted 72.9% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,157 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 3rd in professional baseball. The Cleveland Indians have 719 putouts thus far, in addition to 249 assists and 17 errors. Their fielding rate is at .983 which has them sitting 17th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 178 double plays.
Bieber has pitched in 448 innings and has totaled 567 K's thus far in his career. His earned run average is 3.27 (163 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.088. He has allowed 390 base knocks (7.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 98 walks. Bieber (37-16 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.00 and he has faced 1,813 batters in the majors.
The Royals hold a slugging percentage of .402 and they average 4.67 runs per contest (11th in MLB). They have hit 41 two-baggers, while getting a free base 85 times as well as racking up 126 runs. Kansas City has tallied 29 home runs this season to go along with 120 runs batted in. They have struck out on 212 occasions (27th in MLB) and have notched a total of 211 base hits. The Kansas City Royals have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .308 as well as a batting average of .239 so far this season.
The Royals are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.391 and have a FIP of 4.21 as a pitching staff for the season. They are currently ranked 18th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 221. The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 131 runs for the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.48 (117 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.25 (238 strikeouts vs 106 walks). They have allowed 30 homers and they surrender 5.02 runs per 9 innings (23rd in the league).
Kansas City bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 24.0% of 50 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 32 times in high leverage situations and on 31 occasions with runners on. With 29 save situations, the Royals have earned 17 holds and 3 blown saves. They are ranked 8th in the league holding a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have dispatched 96 relief pitchers onto the diamond on the year. Kansas City has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 12 save opportunities and they have recorded 9 saves.
The Kansas City Royals have twisted 23 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .980 (27th in professional baseball). The Royals have 217 assists, 19 errors and have a total of 705 putouts for the season. Out of their 2,115 innings on the field, the Royals have a defensive efficiency of 68.2% (26th in pro baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Singer has allowed 71 base knocks while he has totaled 87 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched. Singer (5-8 career mark) has earned a 3.80 earned run average while giving up 7.3 hits per nine innings. He has conceded a total of 37 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.175 and a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.72 and he has gone up against 362 batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (+154)
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