The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a series since their first one of the season. Could that change on Wednesday night when the Tribe host Kansas City in the finale of their three-game set? Cleveland is a slight -116 opening favorite on baseball odds with a total of seven runs.
An Inside Look at the MLB Betting Lines Report on Kansas City at Cleveland & Game InfoTime: Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. ET Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland National TV: none Opening line: Indians -116, Royals +106 (7 runs)
.@TheRealHos35 is a member of Team @pepsi: http://t.co/iwBNCPAtqZ #ThrillOfTheGame pic.twitter.com/qsgEBMKP1U — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 28, 2015Prepare for a possible brawl on Wednesday. I’m kidding somewhat but also not. That’s because Kansas City’s projected starter is talented but temperamental young right-hander Yordano Ventura. Two starts ago against Oakland, Ventura was ejected in the fourth inning. It essentially was payback from an incident the night before involving Oakland base-runner Brett Lawrie sliding hard into second. After Josh Reddick homered off Ventura in the top of the fourth, he plunked Lawrie and was immediately ejected. Eventually those teams would have a bench-clearing incident partly because of that. In his last start at the White Sox, Ventura was jawing (not sure why?) at White Sox hitter Adam Eaton after Eaton hit a comebacker to the mound. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from a second straight start. Players from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field and punches were thrown during a fight that lasted a couple of minutes. Ventura is facing a seven-game suspension but can play during an appeal. Thus if a decision comes down before his start, the Royals would have to scramble to find an emergency starter. Ventura, who’s 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA, has yet to finish an outing on his own accord, as he’s either been ejected or left early with cramps in four starts. The guy has loads of talent and could be a future All-Star but he’s getting a hot-head reputation. That’s not a good thing and led to the downfall of guys like John Rocker and Milton Bradley. Manager Ned Yost has told Ventura that opposing clubs would pinpoint his emotions to rattle him. Teammates have counseled Ventura that his talent is enough to trump any challengers. “Really, at the end of the day, he doesn’t deal with high-emotional situations very well,” teammate and pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said. “They take him to a place that others sometimes don’t get to. It’s on both ends. It takes him to an elite performance level. But it also takes him to an emotional level that can be misunderstood and, at times, inappropriate.” Last year as a rookie Ventura made four starts against Cleveland and was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA. He allowed only 22 hits in 28.2 innings, striking out two. Ventura did give up three homers. Indians star Michael Brantley is 6-for-16 with a homer and two RBIs off him. Carlos Santana is 5-for-14 with two homers and four RBIs. Cleveland starts righty Danny Salazar (2-0, 2.08). He started the season in the minors but has pitched well enough to stick around in the majors. Last time out against a powerful Detroit Tigers lineup, Salazar allowed one run and six hits over seven innings, striking out a career-high 11. Last year, he faced the Royals four times and was 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA. In 21.0 innings, he allowed 26 hits and struck out 24. Salvador Perez is 3-for-13 with two doubles and four RBIs off Salazar. Eric Hosmer is 5-for-9 with three doubles.