AL Baseball Betting: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

AL Baseball Betting:  Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

Tuesday was a great day for baseball betting underdogs and we’ve got another dog play in American League action for Wednesday as the Kansas City Royals take on the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field. The Royals were one of the few underdogs that didn’t prevail on Tuesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Tribe in the second of a three game set. Kansas City has been playing great baseball of late after a substandard start to the season and are back in the AL Central hunt just 5 games back of first place Detroit and 1/2 game back of the Indians. Cleveland, of course, is 4.5 games out of first and desperately trying to hold on to the runner up position in the division.

In many ways this is a very simple handicap–the Royals have been the hottest and most profitable team in baseball during the month of June. Even with Tuesday’s loss Kansas City is 12-5 +8.2 units since the first of the month. They’re still ‘in the red’ overall for the year but that’s strictly a function of their poor start and not their recent run of strong play. Hard to argue with a team that has won 11 of their last 14 games. Cleveland, meanwhile, has been something of a disappointment with a 6-10 -3.1 unit record in the month of June. There were many who pegged their strong play in May as a fluke and the Tribe hasn’t done much to counter their critics of late with a 5-7 record in their last 12 games.

Kansas City backers are getting a great price in this matchup with Cleveland starting their ace Justin Masterson. Masterson’s YTD numbers are impressive and particularly at home where he’s got a 2.22 ERA and the Indians have won 7 of his 8 starts. His recent form, however, hasn’t been nearly as good with a 5.31 ERA and 2 losses in his last three games. He is coming off a solid effort in his last start but that might have as much to do with the injury depleted state of the Washington Nationals (his opponent in that game) than anything else.

Just can’t pass up a Kansas City team in great form against a Cleveland team that is starting to show some weaknesses. Not sure that the public has caught on to the solid ball that the Royals have been playing for the past month.