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Royals Haven’t Enjoyed Recent Trips to Progressive Field

The Kansas City Royals have been trying to narrow the gap on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, but with the season reaching its late stages, time is starting to run out for the Royals unless they can make a late run. The rivals will collide on the diamond on Friday, where books opened the Royals as +114 road underdogs with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Royals’ last four games against their division.
  • The Royals are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games with Jason Vargas as the starting pitcher.
  • The Indians are 11-2 SU and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games when opening a series.

Jason Vargas and Ryan Merritt are slated to get the nod for the Royals and Tribe, respectively. Vargas (14-7, 3.59 ERA) has lost three of his last four starts and failed to pitch beyond the five-inning mark in each setback over that span. The hurler will be happy not seeing the injured pair of Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, as the duo are 23-for-67 against him.

Merritt (0-0, 3.12) is getting the call from Triple-A Columbus and is making his third start of the year. He earned his only career victory by beating Kansas City last September in his first pro appearance, allowing one run over five innings of work.

The Royals haven’t enjoyed their trips to Northeast Ohio lately. In the Royals’ last 11 meetings with the Indians in Cleveland, they’re a brutal 2-9 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Cleveland Indians in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -128 at BetOnline for Friday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 9.5 at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.9-3.6 win for the Indians. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Cleveland (70-56) will face the 64-62 Royals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Kansas City injuries news.

The Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals odds would favor the Indians if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 5 in the current OddsShark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Cleveland owns the No. 14 ranking for hits at 8.72 per game. By contrast, the Kansas City Royals are rated No. 11 in the same category at 8.9 per game.

Cleveland owns the No. 2 defense, allowing 4.87 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's No. 14-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 3-2 to Colorado on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Red Sox, a 13-6 final on Thursday in support of Trevor Bauer at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Kansas City's last 18 games
  • Kansas City is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Cleveland is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Cleveland, Saturday, August 26