Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, 6/1/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+120) Cleveland (-140)
Progressive Field is the location where the Cleveland Guardians (20-24) will try to defeat the Kansas City Royals (16-31) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Royals at +120 while the Guardians are sitting at -140. The over/under is 8. The pitchers taking the mound are Brad Keller and Konnor Pilkington.
Kansas City has a slugging rate of .365 and have been called out on strikes 356 times, while taking a walk on 136 occasions. They have recorded 168 runs batted in in addition to 380 hits so far this season, and their average at the plate comes in at .238. The Royals have hit 76 doubles as a unit and have hit 35 balls out of the stadium. They have earned 179 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .301. As a squad, the Kansas City Royals are scoring 3.8 runs per game, which ranks them 25th in the league.
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The Royals hold a team earned run average of 5.02 for the year (28th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 325 batters. They have walked 182 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.57 as a team on the campaign. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.79 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.48. Royals pitchers have given up 50 long balls and 247 runs (27th in the league).
Royals relief pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 63 times in addition to having 62 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 21 holds for the season (23rd in the league). The Royals relievers have a save rate of 56.3% and has stepped onto the mound in 39 save situations. They have earned 9 saves this year and have blown 7 of their 16 chances to save the game. The relief pitchers have inherited 100 base runners this year with 32.0% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Royals have dispatched 170 relievers to the mound so far this year.
The Royals have converted 68.6% of balls hit into play into outs in their 3,636 innings on the field, which has them ranked 24th in pro baseball. The Kansas City Royals have notched a total of 1,212 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 427 assists and 19 errors. Their fielding rate is at .989 which puts them in 5th in professional baseball, and have earned 42 double plays.
Keller (30-40 record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.15 while he has gone up against 2,345 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has allowed 535 base knocks (8.8 hits per 9 innings) with 216 walks. His earned run average is 4.00 (244 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.369. Keller has taken the mound for 548 innings and has earned 405 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Cleveland Guardians have accumulated an on-base percentage of .308 in addition to a batting average of .243 this season. They have been rung up on 320 instances (30th in the league) and have 362 hits. Cleveland has accumulated 39 long balls over the course of the season to go along with 193 runs batted in. The Guardians hold a team SLG% of .386 and they tally 4.55 runs per contest (10th in MLB). They have put up 72 two-baggers, while walking 135 times and scoring 200 runs.
The Cleveland pitching staff have relinquished 186 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.84 (165 earned runs surrendered). They have relinquished 42 HR's and they concede 4.33 runs per 9 innings (15th in baseball). The Guardians have a team WHIP of 1.181 in addition to having a FIP of 3.88 as a unit so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.71 (352 strikeouts vs 130 free passes). They rank 1st in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 327.
With 24 save situations, the Guardians have accrued 11 holds and 4 blown saves. Cleveland has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 12 save opportunities and they have earned 8 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 44 times in high leverage situations in addition to 40 occasions with runners on. Cleveland bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 20.8% out of their 53 inherited runners. They are ranked 14th in MLB holding a save percentage of 66.7%, and they have sent 136 relief pitchers onto the field for the season.
In 3,402 innings on the diamond, the Guardians have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.5% (9th in baseball). The Cleveland Guardians have gotten 35 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (19th in MLB). The Guardians have racked up 376 assists, 25 errors and have earned a total of 1,134 putouts on the campaign.
During his MLB career, Pilkington has allowed 12 base hits and he has 15 strikeouts in 12 frames. Pilkington (0-0 career mark) has a 3.75 ERA while giving up 9.0 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 5 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.667 and a FIP of 2.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.88 and he has gone up against 57 opposing batters in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-140)
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