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Indians vs Royals Baseball Game Preview

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
Sep 21, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds

62-88TEAM RECORD68-81

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

Kansas City hands the ball to starter Luis Mendoza in this one and he'll try to improve on his 6-8 mark on the year. Cleveland counters with Justin Masterson, who will try to quiet the fans and the Royals bats at the same time.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Royals as -125 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Royals) and the No. 14 (Indians) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 3 ranking for hits in the American League at 9.3 per game. By contrast, the Indians are rated No. 10 in the same category at 8.4 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Twins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at -142 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cleveland needed extra innings to get the job done against the Twins on Thursday as the Indians defeated them 4-3 at Progressive Field.

Kansas City was a 4-3 winner in its last match at home against the White Sox. They won as -111 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Francisco Liriano and the White Sox 4-3 on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

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
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 12 games on the road
Cleveland is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Kansas City, Saturday, September 22