Kansas City at Cleveland MLB Expert Betting Pick & Preview

Posted by Ted Merrick on May 25, 2017 in

The Kansas City Royals (19-27) open a weekend series in Cleveland against the Indians (24-21) on Friday night. The Indians have dropped two of three so far in their midweek series against Cincinnati and wrap that up on Thursday evening, but before that they swept the Astros in Houston last weekend. The Royals have dropped three of four, including a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. So, the Royals are looking for a chance to be that top team again, but the Indians could prevent them this weekend to continue down that path as we get closer to the midseason.

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Kansas City at Cleveland MLB Expert Betting Pick & Preview

When: Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV: FSKC / STOh
Radio: Seattle / Washington 
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Ian Kennedy (0-4, 4.06 ERA) (KC) vs Danny Salazar (3-4, 5.55 ERA) (CLE)

Why should you bet on the Royals?

Whit Merrifield rides a ten-game hitting streak into the weekend series in Cleveland. However, he is not the only Kansas City batter looking forward to taking on Danny Salazar. Jorge Bonifaco (.500 lifetime average against Salazar), Drew Butera (.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI), Cheslor Cuthbert (.600), Eric Hosmer (.400, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and Mike Moustakas (2 HR, 5 RBI) have all found pitches to hit with Salazar on the mound.

Why should you put your money on the Indians?

As well as some of those Royals have hit Salazar in the past, he had a solid outing on Sunday against the Astros, picking up the win in 5 ⅔ innings, fanning seven batters and permitting three runs on four hits. Salazar has started against the Royals 13 times in his career, posting a 7-6 record and an ERA of 3.63, along with 84 whiffs. On the other side, the Royals start Ian Kennedy, who sent just two innings on Sunday, permitting five runs against Minnesota, so expect the Tribe to get to the Royals’ bullpen fairly early.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Royals fans are still waiting for their team to fire on all cylinders — and we’re getting dangerously close to summer. The Indians seem to be finding their way here and there, and I see them winning this one, 6-3.