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Indians visit Royals for Second Game of Three-Game Set

An American League Central division showdown will take place on Tuesday when the Cleveland Indians visit the Kansas City Royals. The current line has Cleveland favored at -125, while Kansas City is +115 and the over/under run total sits on 8.5.

AL Central leading Cleveland entering this game has an overall record of 35-28 and 18-16 on the road. The Indians are 6-4 over their past 10 games played. Kansas City enters this game with an overall record of 33-20 and 20-7 at home. The Royals are 3-7 in their past 10 games played.

Kansas City has won three straight after a season high losing streak of eight games. The Royals won the opener of this three-game series 2-1 on Monday with Whit Merrifield hitting the first home run of his career and scoring both runs for the Royals.

The loss was just Cleveland’s second in its past eight head-to-head games with the Royals. Josh Tomlin will start for the Indians on Tuesday. Cleveland is 17-3 over his past 20 starts and has won 9 of his 11 starts this season to help propel them to first place in the AL Central.

Jason Kipnis has 7 hits in 17 at bats for the Indians against Kansas City pitcher Chris Young who is starting for the Royals on Tuesday.

On the season, Josh Tomlin is 8-1 with an ERA of 3.48 for the Indians. Chris Young on the season is 2-6 with an ERA of 6.37 for the Royals.

Tomlin is 8-4 for his career versus Kansas City including 2-0 this season. Young has had his problems giving up the long ball this season. On June 5, he allowed four home runs against Cleveland in a 7-0 loss. This season, Young has given up 17 home runs in just 41 innings pitched.

Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor has 14 hits in his past seven games against Kansas City prior to going hitless in three at bats on Monday.

Kansas City is 7-0 over its past 7 games played at home.

Cleveland is 5-1 over his past 6 games versus Kansas City.

The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the past 4 games between the two teams.

The OVER has cashed in 5 of the past 7 starts Tomlin has made versus the Royals.

The OVER has cashed in 4 of the past 5 starts Tomlin has made at Kansas City.

Prediction: Lean toward Tomlin and the Indians in this one

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