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2021 MLB Handicapping
(13-13) Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals (16-10)
Date: Monday May 3rd, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM PM ET
Venue: Kaufmann Stadium
Projected Pitchers: Aaron Civale vs Jakob Junis
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals -105 | Indians -114
MLB RunLine Betting Odds:
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Show-Me State plays host to two of the top three teams in the AL Central Monday as the Kansas City Royals play host to the Cleveland Indians.
Cleveland managed to pick up a big series win over the Chicago White Sox over the weekend on the road. The Tribe pulled themselves back to .500 with their win on Sunday and now sit three games back of the Royals for first in the AL Central.
The Indians offense managed to find some life Monday in a 5-0 win over the White Sox. Jose Ramirez continued his power surge with a home run and two hits in two at-bats, while Cesar Hernandez knocked a home run out of the yard as well.
Zach Plesac turned in a good performance for the Indians as well. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits. He struggled with his command at times, but still struck out six and picked up the victory.
Aaron Civale looks to keep the good pitching going for Cleveland. The right-hander has been lights out this season, accumulating a 4-0 record with a 2.94 ERA, a 0.921 WHIP, nine walks and 26 strikeouts over 33.2 innings of work this year.
The Indians offense will also look to build some momentum. They are averaging 3.9 runs a game, 24th in the MLB.
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City is still sitting atop the AL Central despite their loss Sunday to the Twins. The Royals won the series and have won seven of their last ten games.
The Royals are a game and a half ahead of the White Sox entering Monday. The Royals had an excellent offensive weekend, belting several home runs. Andrew Benintendi hit two himself on Saturday.
Jakob Junis is on the mound for the Royals Monday. This is Junis’ seventh appearance of the season. He is currently 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA, a 1.157 WHIP, seven walks and 27 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work on the year. He has struggled in his last three starts, amassing an ERA of nearly 5 in those outings.
The Royals are averaging 4.6 runs a game this season, ranking 11th in the MLB. They are 10th in the majors in average at .237 and 10th in slugging percentage as well. Pitching wise, they are 19th in team ERA at 4.17.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1 in Royals last 7 Monday games.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Royals last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Under is 8-2-1 in Royals last 11 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- Under is 17-5 in Royals last 22 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Under is 20-6-1 in Royals last 27 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Free Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
With the way Civale has been pitching and the overall output, or lack thereof, of the Indians offense this season, the smart play here is the under. 8.5 seems a bit high even with the recent performances of Junis, but I don’t have much confidence in the Indians offense in this game or the Royals lineup against a pitcher as locked in as Civale.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 8.5
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