920 Cleveland Indians -130 over Kansas City Royals
The Indians haven’t been over the .500 mark since three games into the season but they can change that tonight with a win over the Kansas City Royals. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m. ET at Progressive Field in Cleveland where KC’s Kris Medlen faces Josh Tomlin in a battle of righthanders.
The Indians (71-71) notched an 8-3 victory in the series opener to improve to 13-5 in its last 18 games and remain in the chase for a postseason berth. Cleveland is four games behind Texas for the final wild card berth in the American League. Things could be much better for the Tribe had they played better at home where they’ve posted a 32-35 record. The Indians have won 13 of their last 15 at Progressive Field but it could be a case of too little, too late. Meanwhile Kansas City (84-59) has dropped eight of its last 10 games but still holds a nine-game lead atop the AL Central.
Medlen (3-1, 4.58 ERA) has been vulnerable to the long ball, allowing at least one homer in all four starts. Keeping the ball in the park has been a bigger issue for Tomlin, who ran his winning streak to five starts despite surrendering three solo homers over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. Tomlin is 1-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his past four starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 2-7 in their last nine games while the Indians are 7-1 in their past eight games,
The OVER is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings and 7-1 in the past eight series meetings.