Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+110) Kansas City (-135)
Kris Bubic and the Kansas City Royals (59-71, 4th in AL Central) play the Cleveland Indians (64-64, 2nd in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday. The Indians open this game at +110 while the Royals are coming in at -135. The O/U has been set at 9. The starting pitchers will be Sam Hentges and Kris Bubic.
The Indians have hit 196 doubles as a squad and have smacked 166 baseballs out of the stadium. Cleveland has a slugging percentage of .411 and have been called out on strikes 1,084 times, while drawing a walk on 370 occasions. As a team, the Cleveland Indians are earning 4.5 runs per contest, which is 16th in MLB. They have recorded 545 runs batted in and 1,001 hits so far this season, while their batting average comes in at .237. They have tallied 569 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .305.
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The Indians have a team earned run average of 4.39 on the season (20th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 1,144 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 433 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.37 as a squad on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.64 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.29. Indians pitchers have allowed 168 home runs in addition to 584 runs in total (15th in baseball).
Indians bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 116 times as well as having 141 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have recorded 56 holds on the season (23rd in baseball). The Indians relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 66.0% and stepped onto the hill in 109 save situations. They have earned 33 saves for the year and have blown 17 out of their 50 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 167 base runners for the season and 35.9% of those runners crossed home plate. The Indians have dispatched 430 relievers to the mound so far this year.
The Indians have transformed 70.0% of baseballs in play into outs in their 10,065 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 10th in professional baseball. The Cleveland Indians have a total of 3,355 putouts on the year, in addition to 1,117 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding rate is at .985 which has them sitting 15th in MLB, and have a total of 899 double plays.
Hentges has taken the ball for 56 innings and is sitting with 54 punch outs in his career. His ERA is 7.31 (46 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.941. He has given up 80 base knocks (12.7 hits per nine innings) with 30 walks. Hentges (1-4 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 4.68 and he has gone up against 271 batters in the majors.
Kansas City has accumulated 134 HRs this season to go along with 512 RBIs. They have put up 186 two-baggers, while getting a free base 337 times and recording 541 runs. The Kansas City Royals have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .303 and a team batting average of .245 for the year. The Royals hold a slugging % of .391 and they are earning 4.16 runs per outing (24th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,033 occasions (28th in the league) and have earned a total of 1,064 hits.
The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 631 runs on the season while holding a team ERA of 4.69 (592 earned runs surrendered). They have relinquished 155 homers and they surrender 5.00 runs per 9 innings (21st in baseball). The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.404 with a FIP of 4.41 as a team for the year. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.26 (1,114 strikeouts against 493 walks). They rank 19th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,101.
Kansas City has called on relief pitchers to step onto the mound in 49 save chances and they have walked away with 30 saves. They rank 15th in MLB with a save rate of 61.2%, and they have dispatched 442 relief pitchers onto the diamond over the course of the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 127 times in high leverage situations in addition to 124 occasions with runners on. Kansas City bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 28.7% out of 195 inherited base runners. With 120 save situations, the Royals have recorded 69 holds and also 19 blown saves.
The Kansas City Royals have twisted 123 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .985 (16th in professional baseball). The Royals have 1,124 assists, 70 errors and have earned a total of 3,406 putouts so far this year. In their 10,218 innings on the diamond, the Royals have a defensive efficiency of 68.2% (26th in baseball).
Thus far in his career, Bubic has allowed 151 base knocks while tallying 137 K's in 147 innings pitched. He has allowed 80 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.514 and a FIP of 5.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.90 and he has gone up against 651 opposing hitters so far in his MLB career. Bubic (5-12 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.89 earned run average and has conceded 9.2 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-135)
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