ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will feature two pennant contenders as the Cleveland Indians will conclude a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals from MLB action scheduled for August 31st. The Indians and Royals will get things started from Kansas City at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 has the coast to coast broadcast.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Kansas City Royals the – 170 wagering favorite with the return on the road underdog Cleveland Indians at +150 odds. The run total is lined at 8 runs. Those who play the Kansas City Royals on the run line and lays the -1 ½ runs will get back +135 odds. Bettors choosing the +1 ½ run head start with the Cleveland Indians will have to lay -115 odds for their run line wager.
A check of the standings and we find with their recent slump the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are tied for first place in the AL Central with identical 74-61 records with only 27 games remaining on the schedule. Cleveland has rallied to be within 3 ½ games of both KC and Detroit. In the wildcard race the Tigers and Royals hold the final spot with the Indians 3 ½ back for that final spot. They must pass Seattle who is in the mix just 1 ½ game back for the second wildcard. Kansas City has lost three straight including the first two games of this series. The Indians win 6-1 on Friday and they edged the Royals 3-2 on Saturday. Cleveland has won three straight and six of their past seven games to get back into the race. The pitching has come through for the Indians as they give up two runs or less in five of their past seven games. The pitching matchup on Sunday night baseball will feature Indians left hander T.J. House going up against Royals left hander Danny Duffy.