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MLB betting line favors Royals over Indians

Cleveland IndiansKansas City Royals
Aug 2, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Odds

50-54TEAM RECORD43-60

MLB wagering interest swings to the Kansas City vs Cleveland battle on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Cleveland puts its faith in starter Corey Kluber to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-0. Getting the ball for the Royals is Bruce Chen, who owns a 7-9 record on the season with a 5.49 ERA.

View Cleveland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Royals were listed as -110 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 10 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 8 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Indians, who rate an American League No. 12 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 11 ranked American League offense (4.2 runs per game) against a Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 13 in the American League at 5 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.3 hits per game, more than the Indians have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

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. 13 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 5-2 loser on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Kansas City at +103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cleveland suffered a 5-2 loss against Kansas City on Wednesday, as Zach McAllister wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

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

A few Indians at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Cleveland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Cleveland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland at Detroit, Friday, August 3
Kansas City home to Texas, Friday, August 3

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