Royals Vs Guardians: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 9, 2022

Written By Staff on April 8, 2022

The Kansas City Royals (1-0) host the Cleveland Guardians (0-1) on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, beginning at 4:10 PM ET. Kansas City (-126 to win) has Brad Keller set to start, while Cleveland (+105) will counter with Zach Plesac.

The betting facts in what follows use the latest odds as of April 9, 2022 at 3:25 PM ET.

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Royals vs Guardians Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Keller (KC) Pitcher Plesac (CLE)
8 – 12 W/L 9 – 6
133.2 IP 142.2
5.39 ERA 4.67
1.661 WHIP 1.199
8.1 K/9 6.3
4.3 BB/9 2.1

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • Keller will start for the Royals, his first this season.
  • When he last appeared on Friday, Aug. 27, the 26-year-old righty started the game and went 4 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners.
  • Over his 26 appearances last season he compiled an 8-12 record and had a 5.39 ERA and a 1.661 WHIP.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 9, 2022 at 3:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Guardians Stats vs Keller

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
José Ramírez 15 .200 3 0 0 .400 .733
Oscar Mercado 8 .375 3 0 1 .375 .750
Franmil Reyes 7 .429 3 0 1 .556 1.127
Amed Rosario 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Bobby Bradley 3 .000 0 0 0 .250 .250
Austin Hedges 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Guardians Probable Starter Zach Plesac

  • Plesac will make his first start of the season for the Guardians.
  • The last time the 27-year-old pitched was on Thursday, Sept. 30 against the Kansas City Royals. The righty threw 6 2/3 innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • Last season, he posted a 4.67 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 34 walks in 142 2/3 innings, finishing with a record of 9-6.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 9, 2022 at 3:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Plesac

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 26 .269 7 0 3 .296 .642
Hunter Dozier 21 .190 4 2 4 .292 .863
Nicky Lopez 10 .300 3 0 0 .417 .817
Carlos Santana 8 .250 2 1 1 .250 .875
Andrew Benintendi 7 .143 1 0 1 .333 .619
Michael A. Taylor 7 .286 2 0 0 .286 .857
Salvador Perez 7 .143 1 1 3 .143 .714
Adalberto Mondesi 5 .400 2 1 2 .400 1.400

Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals went 26-22 in games they were favored on the moneyline last season (winning 54.2% of those games).
  • Kansas City went 11-16 when it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -126 or shorter (40.7%).
  • The Royals have a 55.8% chance to win this matchup based on the moneyline’s implied probability.
  • In the 159 games oddsmakers set an over/under for Kansas City, it combined with opponents to go over the total 68 times (68-78-13).
  • The Royals put together a 54-59-0 record ATS last season.
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Guardians Betting Trends

  • The Guardians were underdogs in 91 games last season and won 38 (41.8%) of those contests.
  • Cleveland had a record of 28-43 in games where oddsmakers had them as underogs of at least +105 on the moneyline.
  • The oddsmakers’ moneyline implies a 48.8% chance of a victory for the Guardians.
  • Cleveland and its opponents hit the over in 82 of their 156 games with a total last season.
  • The Guardians were 58-52-0 against the spread in their 110 chances last season.

Royals Players to Watch

  • Whit Merrifield put up a .395 slugging percentage and a .277 batting average last year.
  • Salvador Perez had 169 hits with a .273 batting average.
  • Carlos Santana had 15 doubles, 19 home runs and 86 walks while hitting .214 last season.
  • Nicky Lopez had an OBP of .365 while batting .300.

Royals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 664 .277 97 10 74 .317 .712
Salvador Pérez 620 .273 88 48 121 .316 .860
Carlos Santana 565 .214 66 19 69 .319 .661
Nicky Lopez 497 .300 78 2 43 .365 .743
Andrew Benintendi 493 .276 63 17 73 .324 .766
Hunter Dozier 487 .216 55 16 54 .285 .679
Michael A. Taylor 483 .244 58 12 54 .297 .653
Ryan O’Hearn 236 .225 23 9 29 .268 .637
Adalberto Mondesi 126 .230 19 6 17 .271 .723
Cam Gallagher 112 .250 9 1 7 .298 .628

Guardians Players to Watch

  • Jose Ramirez put up 147 hits and an OBP of .355.
  • Myles Straw slashed .271/.349/.348 and finished with an OPS of .697.
  • Last season, Amed Rosario finished with a slugging percentage of .409, fueled by 42 extra-base hits.
  • Franmil Reyes slashed .254/.324/.522 and finished with an OPS of .846.

Guardians Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Myles Straw 564 .271 86 4 48 .349 .697
José Ramírez 552 .266 111 36 103 .355 .893
Amed Rosario 550 .282 77 11 57 .321 .730
Franmil Reyes 418 .254 57 30 85 .324 .846
Austin Hedges 286 .178 32 10 31 .220 .528
Bobby Bradley 245 .208 36 16 41 .294 .739
Yu Chang 237 .228 32 9 39 .267 .693
Oscar Mercado 214 .224 27 6 19 .300 .669
Owen Miller 191 .204 17 4 18 .243 .552
Andrés Giménez 188 .218 23 5 16 .282 .633

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