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Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Match Preview and Betting Tips
Francisco Lindor looks to extend his hitting streak to 12 games when the Cleveland Indians host the Kansas City Royals on Friday night to open a three-game series between the American League Central rivals. The two-time All-Star shortstop is 22-for-52 while hitting safely in 11 straight outings after going deep for the sixth time over eight contests Wednesday in Cleveland’s 6-2 victory at Milwaukee - ending a four-game slide.
Lindor has registered eight multi-hit games in his last 10 outings and is batting .318 in his career against the Royals with 13 homers and 44 RBIs - his best marks against any opponent in each of the last two categories. Trevor Bauer will try to help the Indians (18-18) win back-to-back games for the first time since taking three in a row April 21-23 at Baltimore when he takes the mound against fellow right-hander Jason Hammel.
Kansas City (12-25) followed up a 15-7 win in the series opener at Baltimore on Tuesday, in which it scored 10 runs in the first inning, with two straight losses to the Orioles (10-27). Salvador Perez launched a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to four games and Jorge Soler has also hit safely in four straight after knocking in a pair of runs for the Royals in the 11-6 loss Thursday night.
Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Starting Pitchers Report
Royals RH Jason Hammel (0-4, 4.78 ERA): Hammel has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five of his seven outings but has yet to find a way to get into the win column. The 35-year-old South Carolina native gave up three runs on 10 hits and one walk across 6 2/3 innings Saturday to suffer a 3-2 setback against Detroit. Edwin Encarnacion boasts five homers and Bradley Zimmer is 4-for-9 with a home run versus Hammel, who is 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 15 appearances (11 starts) against the Indians.
Indians RH Trevor Bauer (2-3, 2.53): Bauer yielded four runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks over six innings against the New York Yankees to suffer his third loss of the season last Saturday. The 27-year-old UCLA product has permitted two or fewer earned runs in six of his seven starts, including eight innings of one-run ball in a 1-0 loss to the Royals on April 7. Alcides Escobar is 9-for-28 with a homer against Bauer, who is 2-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 career starts versus Kansas City.
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Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Betting Odds and Predictions
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|Free Betting Predictions According to Bovada: Indians -240
Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians Betting Odds Trends
Kansas City Royals Trends
|Kansas City is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games|
|Kansas City is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games on the road|
|Kansas City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland|
|Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Cleveland|
|Kansas City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland|
|Kansas City is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland|
Cleveland Indians Trends
|Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Cleveland's last 14 games|
|Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home|
|Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City|
|Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Kansas City|
|Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
|Cleveland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
Kansas City at Cleveland Saturday, May 12