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Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Betting Preview

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
April 18, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds


The Kansas City Royals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Cleveland Indians invade Kauffman Stadium on Monday.

The Royals will turn to Kyle Davies and his 1-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Indians send Carlos Carrasco (1-1) to the hill.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Royals as -110 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting started to move the line.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas City's No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 5.5 runs per game, against a Indians defense that ranks No. 3 in the American League at 3.3 in runs allowed per game. The Royals have averaged 9.9 hits per game so far, more than Indians batters have averaged on the year (8.8 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Orioles on April 17. Bettors who backed the Indians at -136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Cleveland rolled to a 4-2 win against Baltimore on Sunday, as Fausto Carmona and the Indians' bats led the team to victory at Progressive Field.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Mariners at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Mariners at +111 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Royals endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Sunday, with Jeff Francis throwing 6 1/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 8-2
After playing Baltimore are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Indians at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Cleveland is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Kansas City, Tuesday, April 19