Free MLB Picks Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians (74-54) vs Kansas City Royals (45-83)
August 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm ET (Progressive Field)
ML: Cleveland Indians -186 KC Royals +163
Odds: Cleveland Indians -1.5 +110 KC Royals +1.5 -129
Over/Under: Over 9 -114 Under 9 -107
The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals square off tonight to kick off a three game series in Cleveland. The Indians return home after a 2-5 road trip to New York where Cleveland faced both the Yankees and Mets in back to back series’. Kansas City is also looking to turn things around as they have dropped 6 of their last 8 games. Cleveland currently sits 3.5 games out in the AL Central behind the Minnesota Twins, and they are a half game out in the AL wild card behind the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays. Kansas City is essentially eliminated from playoff contention, currently holding a 45-83 record. It appears they will be drafting in a top 5 position come the MLB first year player draft in June of 2020.
The Indians must win the games they play against teams near the bottom of the standings if they hope to make the playoffs this year. Zach Plesac will be pitching tonight for the Indians, going up against Jakob Junis for the Royals. Plesac has been solid throughout his rookie campaign for the Tribe. He has a 6-4 record with a 3.53 ERA and 61 strikeouts across 15 starts. Junis, as of late, has been very effective for the Royals. He has gone at least six innings in eight straight starts, and he has a record of 8-11 with a 4.78 ERA and 142 strikeouts over the course of the 2019 season.
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