Mother Nature apparently didn’t get the message that baseball season has begun. It still feels like winter in the northern states, as temperatures have been dipping below the freezing mark in places. Out east they were dealing with snow storms, so it’s been a bizarre start to April and baseball in some parts of the country. For a lot of players, they were probably just wishing that the season started in the south instead of having to wait for the weather to warm up. It should be another cold one for the Royals and Indians. Both teams should be familiar playing in less than ideal weather from October baseball in the postseason. The Royals and Indians are of course recent recipients of the World Series.
When the World Series is up for grabs, weather isn’t as noticeable for players. It’s certainly an honor to be playing baseball at that time of the year. In any event, it should begin to warm up in another week or so. If we’re getting close to May and it’s still chilly out, players are going to begin posturing for 7 inning games. There are certain players who are hot weather hitters. Some just struggle to get it going in cold weather. And then of course, the ball will soar in the heat and humidity. There are also pitchers who prefer the heat, well, that accounts for pretty well all of them. Getting proper grip on the ball to throw can be difficult in cold weather, hence pine tar and other shenanigans used by pitchers. Trevor Bauer will get the nod for the Indians on Saturday, while Ian Kennedy counters for the Royals. Head below for our free Royals vs. Indians pick.
K.C. Royals vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Ian Kennedy (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Ian Kennedy doesn’t have a win this season, nor does his team have a win to show for his terrific start. However, Kennedy opened up the season in fine form against the White Sox, allowing just 1 run in a 4-3 loss. He’s had a topsy-turvy career, but Kennedy was a worthwhile addition to the Royals in 2016. With a 3.68 ERA, he had one of the better years of his career, following an okay season with the Padres.
Kennedy and others on the Royals’ pitching staff, are going to likely need to pitch lights out for the team to have any shot at doing anything. The offense has struggled, and will probably continue to struggle. They have averaged just 2.8 runs per game thus far. In their last three games, the Royals have averaged just 1.3 runs per game, which is pretty difficult to do. The Royals are hitting .187 against right-handed pitching.
Trevor Bauer gets the start for the Indians today. Like the Royals, it hasn’t been the hottest start for the Indians offensively. Again, this could be due to the less than ideal weather conditions. They are averaging only 3.43 runs per game. The Tribe have been even worse against righties, with a putrid batting average of .138. Bauer allowed 2 runs across 5 innings of work in the opener against the Mariners. The UNDER has gone 7-3 in their last ten meetings and it looks like a candidate to cash again on Saturday.