Cleveland Guardians vs. Kansas City Royals April 11 MLB Betting Preview
The Cleveland Guardians will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals on Monday at 2:10 p.m. The Guardians have won one of their three games so far against the Royals and sit at 1-2, tied for third in the AL Central.
The Royals are tied for first in the AL Central with a 2-1 record. This game is the finale of this four-game series.
It has been a whirlwind of a series, with the Royals taking the first two games with scores of 3-1 and 1-0, but the Guardians thrashed Kansas City in Sunday afternoon’s game scoring 17 runs throughout the game. Their win was fueled by ten runs by the Guardians in the first two innings.
Cleveland will look to use this momentum to go for a split of the series in Monday’s matchup. Let’s take a look ahead at this series finale matchup between the Guardians and the Royals.
The Royals are one run favorites at home against the Guardians on Monday. Their odds at that spread are +170 compared to the Guardians, who have odds of -200 at +1.
In the very early stage of the season, Cleveland is leading the entire American League in batting average at .298 and on-base percentage at .360. Their offense carried their win yesterday and will look to do the same today to close out the series.
Young stud outfielder Steven Kwan is leading the team with a .800 batting average through the first three games.
Also, many Cleveland fans are ecstatic about the ownership’s decision to extend Jose Ramirez’s contract, and it has paid off thus far. He is batting .417 in the duration of this first series. Last year, he hit 36 home runs, 103 RBIs and had a fantastic slugging percentage of .538.
Kansas City has been able to ride the success of their pitching in this series in their first two games but obviously fell off the track in the 17-run barrage yesterday. They will look to get back on track to keep their top spot in the AL Central with young phenom Carlos Hernandez taking the mound.
Last season, Hernandez threw for a 3.68 ERA, only allowing .74 home runs per nine innings. In his career, he has never let up any runs to the Guardians in his 3.2 innings pitched against them. The Cleveland expected starter, Aaron Civale, has allowed seven earned runs in the 11 innings he has pitched against the Royals in his career.
Against all odds, I believe that the Guardians have the early firepower to win this game and cover the spread. I think they will take their success from yesterday to even up the series and go into Cincinnati on Tuesday with a 2-2 record.
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