Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 5/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+112) Kansas City (-122)
Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals (16-12, 2nd in AL Central) host the Cleveland Indians (15-13, 3rd in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. The Royals open this matchup at -122 while the Indians are coming in at +112. The O/U is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Triston McKenzie and Danny Duffy.
As a squad, the Cleveland Indians are notching 4.2 runs/g, which has them sitting at 18th in MLB. They have 118 runs scored and hold an OBP of .290. The Indians have accrued 43 doubles as a team and have knocked 37 baseballs out of the park. They have amassed 113 runs batted in as well as 192 hits on the campaign, and their average at the plate comes in at .210. Cleveland has a slugging % of .390 and have struck out 238 times, while being walked on 98 occasions.
The Indians are sitting with a team ERA of 3.77 for the season (10th in the league), and the staff has struck out 272 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.78 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.19. Indians pitchers have given up 40 long balls in addition to 112 runs (9th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 98 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.34 as a squad for the season.
The Indians relievers have earned a save rate of 81.8% and has entered the game in 23 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 28 runners this year and 32.1% of those runners crossed the plate. Indians relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 22 times in addition to having 23 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 88 relievers to the mound so far this year. The relief pitchers have notched 12 holds this year (20th in baseball). They have 9 saves for the season and have missed out on 2 of their 11 chances to get a save.
The Indians have transformed 72.5% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,238 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 3rd in the majors. The Cleveland Indians have earned 746 putouts so far this season, in addition to 259 assists and 17 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .983 which has them sitting 13th in MLB, and have a total of 182 double plays.
McKenzie has pitched in 52 innings and has accumulated 71 K's in his pro baseball career. McKenzie (2-2 record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.80 while he has faced 212 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 4.33 (25 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.192. He has surrendered 35 hits (6.1 hits per nine innings) with 27 walks.
Kansas City has knocked in 30 home runs so far this year to go along with 123 RBIs. They have hit 43 doubles, while taking a walk 89 times and putting up 129 runs. The Kansas City Royals have a team OBP of .310 in addition to a team batting average of .241 this year. The Royals hold a team slugging percentage of .403 and they score 4.61 runs per game (13th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 220 occasions (27th in MLB) and have totaled 221 base knocks.
The Royals have a WHIP of 1.393 and have a FIP of 4.22 as a unit this season. They are currently ranked 18th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 228. The Kansas City pitching staff have surrendered 138 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 4.57 (124 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.21 (247 strikeouts against 112 free passes). They have allowed 31 homers and they relinquish 5.09 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB).
Sitting with 30 save situations, the Royals have amassed 17 holds in addition to 4 blown saves. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 13 save opportunities and they have tallied 9 saves. Their relievers have come in 34 times in high leverage situations and also on 34 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.1% of 55 inherited base runners. They are ranked 10th in MLB with a save rate of 69.2%, and they have dispatched 101 relievers to the hill on the campaign.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 24 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (26th in baseball). The Royals have recorded 225 assists, 20 errors and have accumulated 732 putouts this year. Out of their 2,196 innings on the field, the Royals have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 68.3% (26th in pro baseball).
Duffy (68-66 career win-loss record) has a 3.93 ERA while allowing 8.5 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.43 and he has faced 4,840 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has conceded a total of 499 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.313 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. Thus far in his career, Duffy has given up 1,079 base hits while accumulating 1,017 K's in 1,141 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-122)
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