Indians vs Royals: FREE Moneyline Play from Sports Investor Central
vs Kansas City Royals
Game Time: Monday June 13, 8:15pm EST
Odds: Indians -125, 8
Free MLB Pick & Prediction from Sports Investor Central
The Cleveland Indians lead the AL Central by 3 games over the Kansas City Royals. Cleveland has won 5 straight over the defending World Series Champs and are fresh off a 4 game sweep over KC just last week. The Royals need to start chipping away at the division lead or they may not have a chance at defending their title in the post season.
Game 1 starters: Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Indians and Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.25 ERA)
Carlos Corrasco will be making only his seventh start for the Cleveland Indians this year. He’s been up and down with three start allowing one earned run or less, but in his last two starts he’s given up seven earned runs in only 11.2 innings and took the loss in his latest.
Edinson Volquez has won just a single game in his past 5 starts and is pitching tonight to avoid a 3 game losing streak. Volquez was a key component to the Royals run last season but he has not pitched well this season. The Kansas City lineup hasn’t quite been as powerful as some had hoped at the beginning of the year. Eric Hosmer is out from on 73 hits with 32 runs, 12 homers and 38 RBI. Lorenzo Cain has 66 hits with 30 runs and 34 RBI. Alcides Escobar is also playing fairly well with 65 hits, 21 runs and 16 RBI.
Pick: Indians -125
The Indians are 25-12 in their last 37 game ones of a series, and 9-22 in their last 31 Monday games. Cleveland is also 6-0 in Carrasco’s last six starts during game one of a series, and 5-1 in Carrasco’s last six starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 3-9 in their last 12 Mondaygames, and 9-3 in Volquez’s last 12 starts in game one of a series. Kansas City is also 1-5 in Volquez’s last six starts against a team with a winning record, and 17-5 in Volquez’s last 22 home starts.
I like Carrasco a little more than Volquez right now, so I’ll take the Indians for the win.