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Cleveland Indians home to Royals in baseball betting action

Kansas City RoyalsCleveland Indians
April 26, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Odds

12-10TEAM RECORD13-8

MLB wagering interest swings to the Cleveland vs Kansas City battle on Tuesday at Progressive Field as the Indians try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Cleveland hands the ball to starter Justin Masterson in this one and he'll try to improve on his 4-0 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Luke Hochevar, who will try to quiet the fans and the Indians bats at the same time.

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Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Indians as -165 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 10 in the American League and the Royals at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cleveland's American League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 5 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 3 and scoring 5.1 runs per game in the league. The Indians have averaged 8.9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.5 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were an 8-7 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -200 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City looks to rebound from a loss to the Rangers, who beat them 8-7 on Sunday behind a start from C.J. Wilson at Rangers Ballpark.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Twins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at -129 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Indians endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Twins on Sunday, with Carlos Carrasco throwing 3 innings of 6-hit ball at Target Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6

A few Royals at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Cleveland is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Cleveland, Wednesday, April 27