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Indians visit Kansas City Royals in MLB clash

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
Sep 2, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds

68-66TEAM RECORD57-81

The Kansas City Royals battle the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday in MLB betting action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals will rely on Bruce Chen to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Justin Masterson will be his counterpart for the Indians. Bruce Chen is 10-5 this season, and Justin Masterson is 10-8.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Royals in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +115 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Royals - Indians odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 9 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland is at No. 13 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Indians offense rated No. 9 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 9.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Indians hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Cleveland owns the American League's No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 4.4 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

The Indians were a 7-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -111 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Gio Gonzalez in a losing cause, 7-0, against Oakland on Thursday.

Kansas City was a 11-8 winner in its last match on the road against the Tigers. They won as +165 underdogs, while the total score of 19 made winners of OVER bettors. The Royals enjoyed a 11-8 victory at the expense of the Tigers on Thursday, with Danny Duffy throwing 5 innings of 6-hit ball at Comerica Park.

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

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few Indians at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Cleveland's last 11 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Cleveland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kansas City's last 11 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Kansas City is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
Cleveland at Kansas City, Saturday, September 3

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