Royals vs Indians Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22): MLB

Royals vs Indians Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22): MLB

  • Ajay
  • Ajay
  • Sep 22, 2021, 8:39:20 PM

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Odds
Time 6:10 p.m. EST
Royals money line -106
Royals run line -1.5 (+145)
Indians money line +101
Indians run line -1.5 (+182)
Over / under 9 (+100)

 

Key stats
  Royals Indians
Record 69-83 74-76
Road / home record 33-44 37-38
Last 10 record 5-5 5-5
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 64-76-12 78-67-5
Runs / game 4.25 4.41
Runs allowed / game 4.88 4.52

 

Preview

Tonight the Royals will wrap up a four-game road trip to Progressive Field in Cleveland.  Kansas City already leads the 2-1 coming into tonight's final matchup and will look to close out the series against their division rivals.  They lost their last two series 2-1 and have already been eliminated from playoff contention.  The Indians are coming off of a 2-1 series defeat of the Yankees, but their hopes of a postseason place have slipped away with their recent form.  Tonight they will at least try to ensure that they can split this series and stay in 2nd in the AL Central.

Pitching matchup

Royals

Carlos Hernandez (6-2, 3.91 ERA) Carlos Hernandez will take the mound first for the Royals tonight.  The second-year pitcher has a 3.91 ERA over 23 games this season and a WHIP of 1.29 over the same span.  In total, he's given up 67 hits for 35 ERs across 80.2 innings while striking out 73 batters and walking 38.

Indians

Logan Allen (1-7, 7.11 ERA) Logan Allen is slated to start his 12th game of the year for the Indians.  NOw in his third year in the majors, Allen has a 7.11 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 2021.  He faced 197 batters and struck out 30 while walking 15 over 44.1 innings.  He also gave up 51 hits resulting in 35 ERs.  Allen faced the Royals twice this season giving up 10 hits for 4 ERs and claiming 6 strikeouts with 4 walks through 11.2 innings. 

Prediction

Even though the Royals have been winning recently they've been involved in some low-scoring games and that has translated into this series.  The Indians bats were hot for two games against the Yankees but have since cooled down since Kansas City came to town.  The over / under at 9 seems too much of a stretch in this series. 

PICK: Under 9 (+100)

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