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MLB BASEBALL

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet at Progressive Field.

Righthander James Shields will take the mound for the Royals to start this game. Shields is 2-6 this season with a 2.79 ERA.

It'll be Carlos Carrasco toeing the rubber for the Indians in this contest. Righthander Carrasco is 0-2 with a 15.25 ERA so far this season.

The Royals were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +135 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors.

The Indians were a 2-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Kansas City: 33-34 SU
Cleveland: 34-34 SU

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Kansas City is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Cleveland
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Cleveland home to Kansas City, Tuesday, June 18