Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 31 (5/31): MLB

Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 31 (5/31): MLB

Credit: photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 6:10 p.m. EST
Royals money line +122
Royals run line +1.5 (-150)
Guardians money line -145
Guardians run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 9.5

 

Key stats

  Kansas City Royals Cleveland Guardians
Record 16-31 20-24
Road / home record 8-16 9-8
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak L2 W1
Over / under record 25-20-2 22-21-2
Runs / game 3.84 4.57
Runs allowed / game 5.18 4.31

 

Preview

The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Guardians will play the 2nd game of the series at the Progressive Field on Tuesday. The Guardians took the win 7-3 in the first of the series and they're 3-2 against the Royals this season.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals get here with a 16-31 record and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.84 runs and allowing 5.18 runs per game. Andrew Benitendi is batting for a .329 AVG. and 18 RBI while Salvador Perez has 6 home runs and 16 RBI.

Brad Keller leads the team with a 3.95 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 1 win recorded for the Royals.

Probable Pitcher: Daniel Lynch (2-3, 3.92 ERA)

Lynch will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Royals. Lynch allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six across 5.1 innings against Minnesota on Thursday. He did not factor in the decision. In his last 3 starts against Cleveland he has a 7.50 ERA across 13.2 innings pitched.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians get here with a 20-24 record and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.57 runs per game and allowing 4.3 runs. Jose Ramirez leads the team batting for .297 avg, 13 home runs and 51 RBI. 

Shane Bieber leads the pitching staff with 2 wins and a 3.19 ERA, he has struck out 52 batters.

Probable Pitcher:  Cal Quantrill (1-3, 3.42 ERA)

Quantrill will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Guardians. He allowed two runs on six hits and four walks over six innings to take the loss against Houston on Wednesday and struck out three batters. In his last 3 starts against the Royals he has a 3.13 ERA and 13 strikeouts across 17.2 innings.

BETTING TRENDS

Kansas City are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games.

Kansas City are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against Cleveland.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home.

Cleveland are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Kansas City.

Prediction

The Royals continue to struggle defensively and offensively, they have allowed 7 runs per game in their last 4 games. The Guardians offense exploded and they should be able to get some runs early in the game as they have pounded Lynch in the last meetings. Take the Guardians.

PICK: Guardians ML (-145)

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