It’s a weekend of American League Central matchups, as the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are in Detroit at Comerica. And elsewhere, the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals meet in K.C. The Tigers put a whopping on the White Sox yesterday, a 10-1 final which we were able to cash. We had another winner in the NHL, as the OVER came in for us on Saturday. It’s been quite the profitable run for over a month now. We’ll hope to keep it going on Sunday in K.C.
The Royals made it look easy against the Indians on Saturday, defeating them by a score of 12-5. It was easy for the Royals yesterday, but over the course of this season it hasn’t been the easiest terrain to traverse. They are last in the AL Central, with a record of 24-30. Nevertheless, the division is wide open, and while it’s a long shot, the Royals could move up and make it competitive. They made a case last night, but they’re going to need a whole lot more of that.
The Tribe are 28-26, which is good enough for 2nd in the AL Central at the moment. Ahead of them? None other than the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are doing something like what the Indians did a year ago. In the sense that no one had them leading the division at this point. Now, the Indians won the division and went on to the World Series.
In other words, the Twins have a lot of work in front of them if they want to pull the exact same scenario off. Will they ever hit the wall that so many people were predicting with the Indians? The thing here in this division is that one bad week or two could send them to the back of the AL Central.
I don’t see much room for error for anyone, notably the Twins who I think wouldn’t be able to fight back after a collapse. Today, though, we look at their divisional foes, the Indians and Royals. Go below if you want access to our free Indians vs. Royals pick.
Cleveland Indians vs. K.C. Royals Pick
Trevor Bauer (5-4, 6.00 ERA) vs. Eric Skoglund (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Trevor Bauer steps in for the Indians, as he looks for a successful start on Sunday. It’s been a little bit of this, and a little bit of that for Bauer. He’s been a bit of a loose cannon, with strong starts, mixed in with lots of messy outings. In half of his last ten starts, he has allowed 4 or more runs. He also has a couple of starts where he allowed just 2 runs, though. Bauer has gotten rocked on the road, as he’s been hit for an ERA of 6.51, along with a 1.45 WHIP and .336 OBA.
Eric Skoglund is the new kid on the block for the Royals. After a few years spent in the minors, Skoglund got the call to come up to the Royals to face the Tigers last week. He was spectacular, as he went 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits and 0 runs against a capable Tiger’s offense. To boot, Skoglund struck out 5 batters and walked only 1. He is not going to look that good every start in the majors. However, Bauer as a -140 favorite on the road is a bit too much for me. I see the Indians having less than -140 odds at winning this game, despite money pouring in on them to avoid a sweep. I like this value pick on the Royals for Sunday on the diamond.
PICK: ROYALS (+120)