Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 4/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+180) Cleveland (-286)
Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians (1-3, 5th in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (3-1, 1st in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Wednesday. The Indians open this matchup at -286 while the Royals are coming in at +180. The over/under has been set at 7.5. The starting pitchers are Brad Keller and Shane Bieber.
Kansas City has a slugging % of .521 and have struck out 35 times, while drawing a walk on 18 occasions. They have 30 runs batted in as well as 43 base knocks so far this season, and their batting average is sitting at .307. The Royals have tallied 7 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 7 balls out of the park. They have racked up 31 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .390. As a team, the Kansas City Royals are earning 7.8 runs per game, which ranks them 3rd in baseball.
Royals pitchers have surrendered 3 home runs and 21 total runs (12th in the league). They have walked 20 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 4.16 as a squad this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.00 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.44. The Royals are sitting with a team ERA of 4.75 so far this year (20th in the league), and they have rung up 40 batters.
The Royals had sent 232 relievers to the mound during the previous year. The relievers inherited 94 base runners over the course of last year with 30.9% of those runners crossed home plate. They recorded 19 saves last season and missed out on 1 out of their 20 chances to get a save. The Royals bullpen accumulated a save percentage of 95.0% and stepped onto the hill in 49 save situations. The relief pitchers earned 29 holds for the previous season (15th in the league). Royals pitchers stepped onto the hill with runners on base in 65 contests as well as 53 contests with high leverage.
Keller has taken the mound for 361 innings and has earned 253 strikeouts during his MLB career. Keller (21-23 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.91 while he has gone up against 1,521 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.63 (146 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.311. He has given up 335 base hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) with 139 walks.
Cleveland has recorded 5 HRs on the year as well as 13 runs batted in. They have tallied 6 two-baggers, while taking a walk 17 times and earning 13 runs. The Cleveland Indians are sitting with an OBP of .297 as well as a batting average of .205 so far this season. The Indians have a team slugging percentage of .370 and they tally 3.25 runs per contest (24th in baseball). They have struck out on 22 occasions (29th in baseball) and have earned 26 hits.
The Indians have a team WHIP of 1.265 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.36 as a pitching staff so far this season. They are sitting at 26th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 24. The Cleveland pitching staff have yielded 14 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.71 (14 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.00 (38 strikeouts vs 19 walks). They have conceded 4 dingers and they yield 3.71 runs per 9 innings (10th in baseball).
Ending the season with 28 save opportunities, the Indians compiled 35 holds and 8 blown saves last year. Cleveland had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 63 save situations and they walked away with 20 saves. Their relief pitchers came into 72 games with high leverage and also 38 games with runners on base. Cleveland relievers had an inherited score rate of 29.0% of 55 inherited base runners. They were sitting at 7th in MLB with a save percentage of 71.4%, and they dispatched 181 bullpen pitchers to the mound last season.
So far in his pro baseball career, Bieber has allowed 367 base hits while he has accumulated 511 strikeouts in 412 innings. Bieber (34-15 mark in his career) has a 3.34 ERA and has surrendered 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 153 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.101 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.1. His K/BB ratio is 5.87 and he has gone up against 1,668 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-286)
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