One of the great things about the 162-game MLB betting season is how dramatically fortunes can change from week to week and month to month. Teams that start slow can suddenly get hot, while those that come flying out of the gate eventually run into a brick wall. Two teams heading in totally different directions, the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals, are in the midst of a 3-game series, with the final game set for Thursday night in KC.
Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Online MLB Pick & TV InfoTime: June 4, 08:10 p.m. ETVenue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MissouriNational TV: SportsTime Ohio, Indians Radio Network, WMMS 100.7, WTANOpening line: Cleveland -131 Kansas City Royals (29-20) started the season intent on proving that their run to the World Series last year was no fluke. They began the season getting great pitching, whilst also flashing power that they simply didn’t have last year. In the process, they opened up a hugely positive run differential, but that is being eaten away as the offense has dried up, and the pitching has become a little shaky. The Royals are now just 4-6 in their last 10, and have relinquished the division lead to the red hot Minnesota Twins. Despite these recent problems, KC still managed to finish May 2 games above .500 for the month. The Royals were happy to get back home, where they have an excellent record, but they started this home stand with a loss to the Indians. Chris Young (4-1, 1.55) ERA will be on the mound for the Royals on Thursday.The Cleveland Indians (25-26) dug themselves a pretty big hole to start the season, but they have looked very good as of late, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. A big part of this turnaround has been the performances that Cleveland has been getting from their starting rotation, who have the most strikeouts in all of baseball. The Indians have now gone 7 straight games where they have given up 3 runs or less, which is a stat that will give you an excellent chance to win each and every night. They are 4-1 on their current 7-game road trip, and will head home with a winning trip, no matter what happens in the final 2 games with the Royals. Trevor Bauer (4-2, 2.97 ERA) will be on the mound for the Indians on Thursday. Bauer was unlucky to take the loss in his last start, where he surrendered just 2 runs in 7 innings.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cleveland’s last 9 games when playing Kansas City
- Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City’s last 9 games when playing Cleveland
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games