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Kansas City Royals take on Indians in baseball test

Kansas City RoyalsCleveland Indians
April 26, 12:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Odds

4-14TEAM RECORD9-7

The Cleveland Indians host Kansas City on Thursday, looking to build on their 9-7 mark against the 4-14 Royals in MLB betting action at Progressive Field.

The Indians will turn to Josh Tomlin and his 1-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Royals send Luis Mendoza (0-2) to the hill.

View Kansas City vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Indians in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -135 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 11 in the American League and the Royals at No. 9 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 4 ranked American League offense (5 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 in the American League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Indians have been averaging 8.4 hits per game, less than the Royals have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were an 8-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +133 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. The Royals enjoyed an 8-2 victory at the expense of the Indians on Wednesday, with Luke Hochevar throwing 6 1/3 innings of 4-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Angels are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Royals at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games
Kansas City is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cleveland's last 13 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at Minnesota, Friday, April 27
Cleveland home to LA Angels, Friday, April 27

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