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Pitching The Biggest Reason For Indians’ Historic Streak

The Cleveland Indians’ streak has now reached 22 games after the Tribe just squeaked past the Kansas City Royals in their series opener Thursday. Though every aspect of the Indians team has been running at maximum capacity, it’s been their starting rotation that has been truly spectacular. During their 22-game winning streak, Cleveland’s starting pitchers are 19-0 with a 1.77 ERA. 

Shark Bites
  • The Indians are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games against left-handed starting pitchers.
  • The Royals are 0-4 SU in their last 4 games against the Indians.
  • Francisco Lindor is 3-for-17 with 2 HRs in his career vs Jason Vargas.

The Indians will turn to Trevor Bauer, one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, to ensure the streak reaches 23 on Friday. Bauer is 9-0 with a 2.51 ERA in his past 11 outings, 10 of which were starts. The 26-year-old has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of those 10 starts.

The Royals will counter with a struggling Jason Vargas. The lefty has a 7.75 ERA across his past eight starts, two of which came against the Indians. In those two contests against Cleveland, Vargas allowed 12 hits and eight runs in 9.2 innings of work.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Cleveland Indians as -234 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Indians to win this game 5.9-3.6. 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

The Cleveland Indians bring a 91-56 record to the battle against the 72-74 Royals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Kansas City injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Cleveland Indians at No. 1 and the Kansas City Royals at No. 29 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Kansas City Royals rank No. 12 at 8.9 hits per game. That compares with the Cleveland Indians' No. 9 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Cleveland has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the No. 17 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City lost in extra innings against the Indians on Thursday as Cleveland edged them 3-2 at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Cleveland, Saturday, September 16