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Moneyline favors Indians in battle with Royals

Kansas City RoyalsCleveland Indians
April 28, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Odds

12-12TEAM RECORD15-8

The Cleveland Indians will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Kansas City Royals invade Progressive Field on Thursday.

Cleveland hands the ball to starter Fausto Carmona in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-3 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Kyle Davies, who will try to quiet the fans and the Indians bats at the same time.

View Kansas City vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Indians were listed as -175 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 10 (Indians) and the No. 3 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cleveland's American League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 5.3 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Indians have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.4 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 5.8 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 7-2 loser as they battled the Indians on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at -137 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-2 to Cleveland on Wednesday at Progressive Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Royals at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kansas City's last 13 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to Minnesota, Friday, April 29
Cleveland home to Detroit, Friday, April 29

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