Guardians Looking To Stay Hot Against Royals
The MLB Playoff odds in the AL Central Division haven’t mattered for a few days as the Cleveland Guardians have wrapped up the title. Cleveland is playing host to the Kansas City Royals this weekend and the Guardians were able to pick up a win in the series opener.
Kansas City comes into this game having lost four straight, and all have been on the road. The Royals tore apart their team at the Trade Deadline.
Cleveland was one of the biggest surprises in baseball this year as it came out of nowhere to win the AL Central. The Guardians come into this game with 89 wins, and they have also won four of their last five MLB games.
The MLB lines for this game have the Cleveland Guardians as the moneyline betting favorites at -180 over the Kansas City Royals.
Pitching Hurting the Royals
The Kansas City Royals did get a quality start from Brady Singer on Friday night, but the starting pitching has let this team down. Kansas City has a team ERA of 4.72, and that’s the biggest reason for the disappointing record.
Kris Bubic will be making the start, and he is easily having the worst season of his young career. Bubic is 2-13 with an ERA that is approaching 6.00 and this could end up being a pretty long night for him.
The Royals have actually hit more home runs this season than the Guardians, but they aren’t a great offensive team. Kansas City will need to have a big day at the plate to keep this one close with Bubic on the mound.
Guardians Getting Many Contributions
Jose Ramirez was the hero on Friday night as he belted his 29th home run in the victory. Cleveland doesn’t really have any other star players outside of Ramirez, but it has a ton of players that have stepped up.
Emmanuel Clase is one of those players that has stepped up as he recorded his 40th save on Friday night. After the game, Clase said, “I feel like I’m in my best moment. I’m just excited to get to pitch every time I can and excited about the playoffs.”
Cleveland does still have some things to figure out before the playoffs begin, including getting the rotation figured out. Zach Plesac is set to start this game and he is just 3-11 with a 4.39 ERA on the year.
Royals vs Guardians Head-to-Head
The scores and odds from this head-to-head series in 2022 would be what you would expect based on the overall records. Cleveland has won nine of the first 14 games and those results helped the Guardians get to the top of the AL Central Division.
Royals vs Guardians Game Information
- Game: Royals (63-94) vs Guardians (89-68)
- Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
- Day/Time: Saturday, October 1, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Royals vs Guardians Live stream: MLB.tv
Royals vs Guardians Betting Lines
|Guardians||-1½ +105||-185||7½-115u||4½+105o / 4½-135u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Royals vs Guardians Prediction
Cleveland is clearly the better overall team in this game, but the starting pitching matchup can make things interesting when making MLB picks. The Guardians have also already locked up the AL Central Division and there really isn’t anything to play for in this one.
It’s been a long season for the Royals and they are currently in the middle of a long road losing streak. This game should actually be pretty tight, but it will be the Guardians that are able to come away with a victory in this game.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Cleveland Guardians -180 as they beat the Royals for a second straight night.