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Luke Hochevar out to silence Indians bats in MLB contest

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
April 20, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds

12-5TEAM RECORD11-6

The Royals get a visit from the Cleveland Indians in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Luke Hochevar gets the call for the Kansas City Royals and he will try to build on a 2-1 mark. In the other dugout, Justin Masterson brings a 3-0 ledger to the game for the Indians as he tries to quiet the Royals bats.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Kansas City sat as -102 favorites. The total was set at 8.5.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 2 ranked American League offense (5.3 runs per game) against a Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the American League at 3.4 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.6 hits per game, more than the Indians have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Cleveland owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 2.8 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

The Indians were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-4 to Kansas City on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Kansas City are 8-2
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few Indians at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Kansas City is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Kansas City, Thursday, April 21

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