Having success in major League Baseball usually means being able to find a balance between solid pitching and power hitting. When you have that, you have a team where the offense or defense can carry the day when one of the two is struggling. Two teams that have been getting great pitching and defense to start the season are the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, but they are at opposite ends of the online sports betting scale when it comes to offensive stats.
In Depth Report on the Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians MLB Lines Preview & Game InfoDate: Tuesday, April 28, 2015Time: 6:10PMVenue: Progressive FieldOpening Line: Cleveland -130
RHP Trevor Bauer out for the #Indians with an illness. LHP TJ House gets the start vs the #Tigers on @FOXSports1. #CLEvsDET #MLBonFS1— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 25, 2015The AL Central rivals meet up for a 3-game series this week, with the second game going on Tuesday night in Cleveland. You have to feel a little bit sorry for the Indians (6-11), as they have battled gamely during the first few weeks of the season despite being hit hard by injury in the early stages. They have been particularly solid in the pitching department, giving up just 71 runs during the first 17 games of the season, but they have only managed to bat in 64 runs during that same period. Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.95 ERA) is scheduled to start on Tuesday, but illness may keep him out. The Indians will certainly be hoping that he can start, as he has had 3 excellent outings to get his season off to a very positive start.The Kansas City Royals (12-6) were the Cinderella team in the MLB last season, but they have started out this year by trying to prove that they were not a one hit wonder. KC has the best defensive numbers in the league, having given up just 59 runs over the first 18 games of the season. They seem to have a lot more pop in their bats than they did last season, which is something that has to be a little concerning for the other teams in the AL. If there is one negative to see with the Royals this season, it’s that they have not made a very good start on the road, and are just 5-4 to this point. They will send veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (1-1, 5.50 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday, and will be hoping for more out of him than he has shown in his first 3 starts.