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Indians Stand to Break Another Long-Standing Record as Faves Tonight

After winning a record-setting 21st consecutive baseball game, the Indians’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is now down to four and one more win will give the Tribe sole possession of the longest winning streak in MLB history that does not include a tie. They’ll open a series as faves against the Royals tonight in search of that historic victory.

SHARK BITES
  • The Indians are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games when opening a series.
  • The Royals are 2-12 SU in their last 14 games on the road against the Indians.
  • The Indians are just 2-2 SU this season as -190 or bigger faves with Josh Tomlin on the bump.

On a streak that’s now reached unprecedented levels in the American League, the Indians will be faced with one of their biggest challenges so far during the run when they call upon Josh Tomlin (9-9, 5.13) – by far their worst starter. He has, however, been excellent since rejoining the rotation, allowing just three runs in his last 10.2 innings pitched.

The Royals will send rookie hurler Jake Junis (7-2, 4.34 ERA) to the mound hoping he spins another gem. The 24-year-old has been one of KC’s best rotation guys since the all-star break and he’s earned five wins in just six starts in that span.

Cleveland’s offense will make an upset tough to come by, though. They’ve been absolutely throttling their opponents during the inspired streak and when they last faced Junis, they slapped him for four runs in 2.1 innings of relief work.

All things considered, you should probably just keep betting the Indians runline. They’re 19-for-21 in that regard in the last 21 games and they’re offering decent value this evening at -130 on the -1.5 runline.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Cleveland sat as -245 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 9.5, according to MyBookie.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.2-3.4 result in favor of the Indians. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

90-56 Cleveland battles the Royals, currently with a 72-73 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Kansas City injuries news.

The Cleveland Indians sit at No. 1 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Kansas City Royals sit at No. 28 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Cleveland owns the No. 9 ranking for hits at 8.95 per game. By contrast, the Kansas City Royals are rated No. 11 in the same category at 8.9 per game.

Defensively, Kansas City features the No. 20-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.1 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 5.07 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Eric Skoglund's start, as they lost 5-3 against Chicago on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Tigers, a 5-3 final on Wednesday in support of Mike Clevinger at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Kansas City is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Cleveland, Friday, September 15

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