Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals Preview and Free Pick

Cleveland (35-28) at Kansas City (33-30)
When: Tuesday, June 14th 2016
Where: Kaufman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Time: 8:15 ET | TV: SportsTime Ohio, FSN Kansas City

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The Kansas City Royals look to keep things going in the right direction when they host the Cleveland Indians in the second game of their three-game set. The Royals had lost eight in a row including four bad defeats in Cleveland, but have rebounded with three straight wins allowing a total of three runs. Whit Merrifield belted his first career homer and scored both Kansas City runs in a 2-1 win on Monday to improve to 30-for-91 (.330) since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on May 18th. While the Royals won the opener of their seven-game homestand to improve to 20-7 at Kauffman Stadium, the Indians look to rebound from just their second loss in eight meetings with Kansas City. Jason Kipnis hit a solo homer in the series opener and is 7-for-17 against Tuesday starter Chris Young. Royals CF Lorenzo Cain is 0-for-11 in his last three games against the Indians. Cleveland SS Francisco Lindor amassed 14 hits in his previous seven games versus Kansas City before going 0-for-3 last night.


Pitchers: Indians – Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.48 ERA) | Royals – Chris Young (2-6, 6.37)

Josh Tomlin will take the mound for the Tribe and Cleveland has won 17 of his last 20 starts, including nine of 11 this season to find itself atop the American League Central. Tomlin has won both of his starts versus Kansas City this season to improve to 8-4 against them. He tossed six strong innings in a 5-4 victory on May 8th before allowing one run in 6.1 innings in a 7-1 victory on June 4th. Tomlin is coming off a no-decision on Thursday against Seattle where he surrendered a pair of solo homeruns in 6.1 innings.

Chris Young found himself back in the bullpen after surrendering five homeruns at Yankee Stadium on May 9th, but came back to start on June 5th in Cleveland. That start didn’t go much better as he allowed four more homers in a 7-0 loss. Carlos Santana belted one of those homers, but he is just 3-for-14 in his career versus Young. The 36-year-old has allowed 17 homers in 41 innings this season.

I can’t bet on a guy who can’t keep the ball in the park right now. The Royals still haven’t scored much despite their three-game win streak. I like Tomlin on the road here tonight.

Pick: Indians -125