Royals vs Indians: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 5, 2021

Posted By Staff on April 5, 2021

The Cleveland Indians are on the moneyline in their first home game of the season against the Kansas City Royals () at Progressive Field on Monday. First pitch is at 4:10 PM ET. Danny Duffy gets the starting nod for Kansas City, and Logan Allen is Cleveland’s pick to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 4, 2021, 9:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Royals vs Indians Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

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

Duffy (KC) Pitcher Allen (CLE)
4 – 4 W/L 0 – 0
56.1 IP 10.2
4.95 ERA 3.37
1.330 WHIP 1.780
9.1 K/9 5.9
3.5 BB/9 5.9

Royals Probable Starter Danny Duffy

  • Duffy starts for the first time this season for the Royals.
  • The 32-year-old left-hander came out of the bullpen and threw a third of an inning when he last appeared on Saturday, Sept. 26 against the Tigers.
  • Duffy’s team was favored on the moneyline only one time in a game he pitched a season ago, and won.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 5, 2021 at 2:09 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Indians Stats vs Duffy

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
José Ramírez 31 .226 7 1 5 .314 .701
Eddie Rosario 27 .185 5 0 0 .214 .399
Roberto Pérez 13 .231 3 0 0 .444 .829
Jordan Luplow 8 .375 3 1 1 .545 1.420
Cesar Hernández 8 .250 2 0 1 .250 .500
Jake Bauers 7 .286 2 0 0 .444 .730
Franmil Reyes 4 .500 2 0 0 .600 1.100
Ben Gamel 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Indians Probable Starter Logan Allen

  • Allen will make his first start of the season for the Indians.
  • The 23-year-old southpaw hasn’t pitched since last season. He last appeared on Saturday, Sept. 26 against the Pirates, when he pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
  • The left-hander appeared in one game with his team as the moneyline underdog last season and lost.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 5, 2021 at 2:09 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Allen

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Hanser Alberto 3 .667 2 0 0 .667 1.667
Andrew Benintendi 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 3.000

Royals Betting Trends

  • Last season the Royals had the No. 24 offense in MLB play scoring 4.1 runs per game (248 total runs).
  • The Royals went 8-1 in games they were favored on the moneyline last season (winning 88.9% of those games).
  • Kansas City went 8-1 last year (winning 88.9% of its games) when playing as a moneyline favorite of -109 or shorter.
  • Kansas City played in 58 games with a set over/under, and combined with its opponents to go over the total 20 times (20-35-3).

Indians Betting Trends

  • The Indians won three, or 27.3%, of the 11 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • Cleveland entered 10 games last season as the underdog by -106 or more and was 2-8 in those contests.
  • Last season, Cleveland and its opponents hit the over in 21 of their 58 games with a total.

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez racked up a batting average of .333, with 11 home runs and 32 runs batted in last season.
  • Whit Merrifield had 12 doubles, nine home runs and 12 walks while hitting .286.
  • Among the qualifying batters in MLB, Merrifield’s 71 hits ranked fifth.

Royals Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 248 .286 38 9 31 .328 .772
Hanser Alberto 219 .283 35 3 22 .306 .699
Carlos Santana 210 .200 35 8 30 .345 .693
Nicky Lopez 169 .201 15 1 13 .286 .552
Hunter Dozier 158 .234 29 6 12 .349 .748
Salvador Pérez 150 .333 22 11 32 .353 .986
Jorge Soler 149 .228 17 8 24 .326 .769
Michael A. Taylor 92 .196 11 5 16 .245 .669
Ryan McBroom 81 .247 8 6 10 .282 .788
Jarrod Dyson 61 .180 9 0 5 .231 .411

Indians Players to Watch

  • Last season, Jose Ramirez had a .296 batting average with 19 home runs and 50 RBI.
  • Ramirez’s 66 hits ranked 12th, his .388 OBP ranked 15th, his .632 SLG ranked fifth, his 19 HR ranked second, and his 50 RBI ranked fifth among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Cesar Hernandez hit .282 with an OBP of .352 and a slugging percentage of .408.
  • Hernandez ranked ninth in hits (67), and second in SLG (.408) among qualified hitters in the majors.

Indians Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
César Hernández 238 .282 37 3 20 .352 .760
José Ramírez 223 .296 47 19 50 .388 1.020
Franmil Reyes 212 .274 28 9 34 .351 .799
Eddie Rosario 210 .257 31 13 42 .310 .786
Amed Rosario 143 .252 20 4 15 .272 .643
Andrés Giménez 118 .263 22 3 12 .333 .731
Ben Gamel 114 .237 13 3 10 .315 .719
Roberto Pérez 97 .165 6 1 5 .264 .480
Josh Naylor 97 .247 13 1 6 .291 .621
Jordan Luplow 82 .207 9 2 9 .313 .679

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