MLB Betting Pick: Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals – Thursday, July 25, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
When: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:15 PM ET
Spread: Cleveland Indians -135
This is a great chance for the Indians to continue their climb up the AL Central standings.
Kansas City has had another miserable year, and might be trading away some of their best players as this series drags on.
Cleveland has now nine of their last 11 games to improve their record to 59-42 on the season. The Indians were more than a dozen games out of first place at one point this season, but have climbed to within 2.5 games of the Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City has actually won seven of their last nine contests, but are still just 39-64 this season. The Royals are in fourth place in the AL Central, and all but eliminated from the playoffs. Cleveland is -135 over the Royals in the series opener.
Montgomery Makes Second Start For Royals
The Kansas City Royals just recently acquired Mike Montgomery from the Chicago Cubs, and have thrown him into the starting rotation. The left hander is hoping that his second start for the Royals goes much better than the first one.
Montgomery lasted just two innings in allowing six hits and five earned runs last weekend. The Royals have struggled to find solid starting pitching all season long, but they are hoping Montgomery can help.
The Royals have been scoring runs of late, and they have some solid bats in their lineup. Jorge Soler is having the best season of his career, and leads the team with 27 home runs and 71 runs driven in.
Second baseman Whit Merrifield is a big name on the trade market this season, and is hitting a solid .306. Kansas City will face a great pitching staff this weekend, and that might slow down their offense.
Lindor, Santana Carrying Tribe Offense
The Cleveland Indians have some struggling hitters in their lineup, but they have a pair of All Stars who have been carrying this team all season long. Shortstop Francisco Lindor has been hitting everything of late, and leads the team with a ..293 batting average.
First baseman Carlos Santana has belted a team-high 21 long balls this season to go along with 54 runs batted in. The Indians are starting to get hot at the right time, and they are climbing the standings quickly.
Right hander Adam Plutko will make the start for the Indians in the season opener, and he has had an up and down season. Plutko will be making just his 9th start on Thursday night, and has gone just 3-2 with a 4.81 earned run average so far.
The 27-year-old hasn’t won a game since June 8, and the Indians need a solid start from him. Cleveland does have a terrific bullpen and are hard to catch if they get an early lead.
Indians Stay Red-Hot
Even though Kansas City has been playing great baseball of late, they still struggle in a ton of areas. Look for the Indians to take advantage of the Royals this weekend in continuing to climb up the standings in the American League. Bet the Cleveland Indians -135 over the Kansas City Royals.