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Indians open as moneyline underdog vs Royals

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
April 26, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds

8-11TEAM RECORD11-8

Kauffman Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the Kansas City Royals and the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday.

The Royals will rely on Ervin Santana to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Scott Kazmir will be his counterpart for the Indians. Ervin Santana is 2-1 this season, and Scott Kazmir is 0-0.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Royals as -156 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 8-rated Indians taking on the American League's No. 3-rated Royals in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 8 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, more than the Indians have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the White Sox on April 24. Bettors who backed the White Sox at -136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Indians endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the White Sox on Wednesday, with Zach McAllister throwing 5 2/3 innings of 5-hit ball at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Royals were an 8-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +161 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City won a close affair on Thursday in their last outing, defeating Detroit 8-3 in extra innings at Comerica Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Indians at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Cleveland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland at Kansas City, Saturday, April 27