Betting Baseball: Royals Take on Cleveland in Monday Night Baseball

Kansas City Royals (+136) at Cleveland Indians (-148, 8 O/U )

AL Central rivals meet for the first time this season in Monday night action in the MLB. Cleveland is 8-10 on the season after ending a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 6-4 win over Toronto. Cleveland manager Terry Francona has not been happy with the team’s lackluster play recently.

”Nobody likes coming to the ballpark and look at your record when it’s not what you want it to be,” Francona said. ”That’s plain and simple. Saying that, I don’t want them dragging in here, because it’s a new day.

“During a baseball season there’s a lot of grinding that needs to be done. Sometimes the game’s easier than it is (at other times). That’s simple fact. So when it’s not going perfect, you grind the best you can.”

The Royals had a five game winning streak snapped Sunday with an 8-3 defeat to the Twins.

”We won the series and we were going for a sweep, but it didn’t happen and now we’re getting ready for Cleveland,” designated hitter Billy Butler said.

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound tonight for the road team Kansas City Royals. He is 2-0 on the year with a 4.34 ERA. Guthrie pitched six innings Wednesday at Houston and did not figure in the decision, an 11-inning Royals win. He gave up six hits, including a pair of two-run homers in the game, and threw 103 pitches. He has allowed three homers this season. The Royals are 3-0 in games started by him.

The Cleveland Indians will send right-hander Zach Mcallister out as their starter; he has a 2-0 record so far in 2013. McAllister has been Cleveland’s steadiest starter of late, allowing just one run with 11 strikeouts and two walks in his past 13 2/3 innings (two starts). He gave up one run over six innings in a win over Detroit on Wednesday. The Indians are 3-0 in games started by him. Forecasts are calling for 67°F temperatures with winds blowing at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 49%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Kansas City Royals versus McAllister: 25 years old right-hander, 6’6” 240 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup, slider

Fly Ball Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 27 ( per game) : Home Runs, 30 (4 HRs)

Bat Ave, 16 (.245) : OB%, 19 (.306) : Slugging, 30 (.333)

Walks, 23 (2.9 per game) : Strikeouts, 30 (5.4) : Stolen Bases, 16 (10 SBs)

Last seven games, 9 (.743 OPS) : Last 14 games, 23 (.673 OPS) : Last 28 games, 25 (.658 OPS)

Versus Righties, 21 (.691 OPS) : Versus lefties, 29 (.554 OPS)

Home, 15 (.731 OPS) : Away, 27 (.588 OPS)

1st Inning Production, 19 (.703 OPS)

Facing a Power Pitcher, 30 (.442 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 12 (.747 OPS)

Facing a fly ball pitcher, 19 (.684 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 27 (.557 OPS)

Run Production at Night, 21 (.678 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 22 (.642 OPS)

First five innings, 11 (.741 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.483 OPS)

Cleveland Indians versus Guthrie: 34 years old right-hander, 6’1” 205 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, slider, curve

Finesse Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 7 ( per game) : Home Runs, 20 (12 HRs)

Bat Ave, 20 (.242) : OB%, 7 (.332) : Slugging, 23 (.372)

Walks, 3 (4.5 per game) : Strikeouts, 28 (6.6) : Stolen Bases, 4 (12 SBs)

Last seven games, 21 (.629 OPS) : Last 14 games, 24 (.671 OPS) : Last 28 games, 18 (.693 OPS)

Versus Righties, 10 (.733 OPS) : Versus lefties, 22 (.626 OPS)

Home, 21 (.702 OPS) : Away, 13 (.685 OPS)

1st Inning Production, 25 (.510 OPS)

Facing a Power Pitcher, 18 (.650 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 11 (.751 OPS)

Facing a fly ball pitcher, 12 (.733 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 27 (.557 OPS)

Run Production at Night, 18 (.688 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 18 (.696 OPS)

First five innings, 26 (.637 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 4 (.739 OPS)