Cleveland favored by -105 against Kansas City on Sunday
Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Odds
Baseball bettors look for value at Progressive Field on Sunday as host Cleveland battles the Kansas City Royals in baseball odds action.
The match puts starter James Shields for the Royals on the hill facing Ubaldo Jimenez for the Indians. Shields brings a 4-6 mark to the game, while Jimenez is 7-4 to date on the season.
The Royals were listed as -105 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.
This game matches up the No. 9 (Indians) and the No. 4 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cleveland's American League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.8 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4 runs per game in the league. The Indians have averaged 8.6 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (8.7 per nine innings).
Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the American League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.
Kansas City lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Indians on July 13. Bettors who backed the Indians at -139 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeremy Guthrie's start, as they lost 5-3 against Cleveland on Saturday at Progressive Field.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3
Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Royals at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City home to Detroit, Friday, July 19
Cleveland at Minnesota, Friday, July 19