Betting Baseball: Red-Hot Royals Take on Cleveland as Road Underdogs

Kansas City Royals (+113) at Cleveland Indians (-122, 8 O/U )

The Kansas City Royals, in last place on June 5th, continued their hot streak last night with a 2-1 win over the slumping Cleveland Indians. The Royals have won 11 of their last 13 and moved into second place in the AL Central, 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers. Right-hander Ervin Santana, 5-5 with a 2.74 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Royals in the second game of the series. Santana won his second straight game Thursday after going winless in his previous six starts. He held the Rays to one unearned run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings and, for the sixth time this year, no walks. He has issued just 13 walks and struck out 71 batters in 92 innings. The Royals are 6-7 in games started by him, and have gone over in just four of those games.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for the home team. In his last start, Jimenez held the Rangers to one run in four innings, during which he threw 101 pitches (63 strikes). “Ubaldo competed, but I don’t think he had his best command,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona. “He stayed ahead of the hitters for the most part, but I didn’t want him facing that lineup for a third or fourth time, especially in this park.”

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three June outings. He also has 14 strikeouts and eight walks. The Indians, 8-5 in his starts, have gone over 60% of the time in those starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 70°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 59%, with the wind blowing in from right field at 12 mph.

Kansas City Royals versus Jimenez: 29 years old right-hander, 6’4” 210 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup, splitter

Runs per game (league ranking), 11 (4.52 per game) : Home Runs, 28 (16 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 4 (.271) : OB%, 7 (.327) : Slugging, 16 (.401)

      Walks, 28 (2.7 per game) : Strikeouts, 29 (6.9) : Stolen Bases, 3 (22 SBs)

      Last seven games, 30 (.578 OPS) : Last 14 games, 29 (.616 OPS) : Last 28 games, 28 (.651 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 26 (.676 OPS) : Versus lefties, 14 (.718 OPS)

          Home, 27 (.665 OPS) : Away, 13 (.710 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 26 (.631 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 24 (.610 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 27 (.711 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 20 (.703 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9 (.752 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 26 (.675 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 15 (.711 OPS)

                    First five innings, 25 (.685 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 18 (.671 OPS)

                      Cleveland Indians versus Santana: 30 years old right-hander, 6’2” 185 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup

                      Fly Ball Pitcher

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 4 (5.04 per game) : Home Runs, 3 (36 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 5 (.270) : OB%, 5 (.336) : Slugging, 2 (.463)

                          Walks, 16 (3.4 per game) : Strikeouts, 18 (8.2) : Stolen Bases, 17 (13 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 25 (.620 OPS) : Last 14 games, 13 (.732 OPS) : Last 28 games, 10 (.754 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 12 (.750 OPS) : Versus lefties, 1 (.824 OPS)

                              Home, 8 (.782 OPS) : Away, 2 (.771 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 3 (.885 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 13 (.692 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 11 (.776 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 13 (.743 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9 (.752 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 7 (.757 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 2 (.808 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 2 (.831 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 21 (.661 OPS)