Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals Thursday Free MLB Pick: The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals had a heck of a night on Wednesday, as they had to go deep into the morning dealing with Mother Nature dropping rain on Kauffman Stadium. Now, in an early start time on the Fourth of July, the two are going to have to square off once again, and we aren’t all that sure that the clubs are going to have their bats going for them. The ‘total’ is set at just eight on the MLB betting lines, and in spite of the fact that that’s a relatively low number, we still don’t think that these two teams are going to get there.

Indians vs. Royals Game Time: 2:10 p.m. ET
Indians vs. Royals Live TV Coverage: Local TV
MLB Odds: Indians +142 / Royals -150 (Total: 8)

We have a really tough time believing that the bats are going to be at their best on Thursday afternoon in Kansas City after the long night of multiple rain delays. The good news for both Ubaldo Jimenez and James Shields is that they didn’t have to endure all of these delays, as they were likely just resting and getting ready for their early starts. In spite of the fact that the ‘over’ is 34-15-2 in the last 51 meetings in this series, we have every reason to believe that this is going to be a lower scoring game. Jimenez isn’t the greatest ‘under’ pitcher in the world, but he is 7-6 towards the ‘under’. Shields is 11-7 for ‘under’ backers so far on the season. KC has played 14 of its last 20 games on the road beneath the ‘total’, while Cleveland has played 15 of its last 22 ‘under’ the number as well. It’s all adding up well for what could be a very lazily played, yet quickly pitched through game at Kauffman Stadium on the Fourth of July.

Indians vs. Royals Free Pick for July 4th: Under 8


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