The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will wrap up their brief two-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. Kansas City won the series opener on Monday afternoon by a final score of 3-0.
The Royals have gotten off to a great start in 2021, winning three of their first four games. Kansas City is not expected to be a playoff contender, but they have been impressive early.
Cleveland is entering a bit of a rebuild for the franchise, and it has not gone well through the first four games. The Indians bring a 1-3 record into this matchup, and they are hoping to avoid a series sweep.
Cleveland Indians Betting Preview: Tribe Needs More Offense
If the Cleveland Indians are going to turn their season around then, they are going to have to find some more offense. Cleveland failed to score in the series opener on Monday, and the team is hitting just .205 on the young season.
Eddie Rosario does have a home run and four runs batted in, and he will need to step up his game in the middle of that Indians lineup. The loss of Francisco Lindor due to trade is going to make scoring runs hard for the Indians.
Cleveland will have Shane Bieber on the mound on Wednesday, but he was rocked in the season opener. Bieber needs to settle in and carry this Indians team against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals Betting Preview: Royals Really Hitting Well
The Kansas City Royals have been hitting the ball well to begin the season, and this offense could allow the team to surprise some people this season. Kansas City scored just three runs on Monday, but they are averaging nearly eight runs per game.
Whit Merrifield has been on fire to begin 2021, and he has emerged as one of the top players in the American League. Merrifield has three homers and 9 RBIs to go along with a stellar .500 batting average.
Pitching might be a concern for Kansas City as the year moves along, but this offense can make up for a lot of mistakes.
Indians vs. Royals Betting Odds & Lines
Looking at the records this early in the season does not always tell the whole story, especially when it comes to betting odds. Kansas City has been the better team overall, but the Indians have their ace on the mound on Wednesday.
MyBookie has the Cleveland Indians at -135 over the Kansas City Royals in this game on Wednesday afternoon.
Free Betting Pick
The Royals have been a terrific offensive team so far this season, but they are facing one of the top pitchers in the game. Cleveland has not been able to generate a ton of offense so far in 2021, but it might only take 2-3 runs to win this game.
Look for Shane Bieber to put his team on his back in this game as he is able to pitch the Indians to a win. The Royals have been living off of the long ball this season, but Bieber just doesn’t allow solid contact to happen.