Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Guardians 6/4/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Kansas City Royals (36-25) at Cleveland Guardians (39-20)

Game Info: Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 at  6:40 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)

Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-120) - Over/Under (7.5)

Pick: Guardians ML (-120)

This will be one of the most important early season series of the year as the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Guardians kick off a three game series here on Tuesday night in Cleveland. These two teams are sitting in first and second place of the American League Central division, and this series could foreshadow who will lead the division throughout the summer. They will meet seven times in the month of June alone which makes this game on Tuesday night that much more important as the winning team looks to grab the first victory of the season between the two. Kansas City is currently trailing Cleveland in the division and they will look to catch up and Cleveland will look to further extend their lead here on Tuesday night. 

Kansas City has been playing above expectations throughout the early part of the season and they will look to maintain that momentum with a much-needed victory over Cleveland here on Tuesday night. They are currently trailing Cleveland in the division by a few games and they will look to catch up after a rough stretch over the past couple of weeks. They face a daunting task ahead of them on the schedule throughout the rest of June and it starts with this series against a Cleveland team that looks like one of the best in baseball right now. It has been a long time since Kansas City has been a competitive ball club and they haven’t made a postseason appearance since they lifted the World Series trophy almost a decade ago. 

They will look to maintain their current pace of play, as they try to grab a wild card spot or win the division by the time the season comes to an end. With the rest of the Central falling behind Cleveland and Kansas City it seems like it’ll be a two team race all the way down to October. Seth Lugo has been incredible this season as he comes into this game with nine victories already on the year, and he will look to enter the ranks of double digit wins with a quality performance here on Tuesday night against Cleveland. He has been one of the driving forces behind the Kansas City success throughout the early part of the season and he will look to help them continue that success with a victory.

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Cleveland is coming off of another impressive series victory against the Washington Nationals and they will look to maintain that momentum, as their home stand continues with a divisional matchup. Although they lost the finale on Sunday afternoon, Cleveland still picked up a series victory, and now they will look to further extend their lead in the American League Central division with a series opening victory against Kansas City. Although it is likely that solid offense will have a hands full with Seth Lugo, who is looking like a legitimate American League Cy Young award winning contender at the moment. 

Cleveland has built up a respectable lead over Kansas City coming into the month of June and they will look to further extend that lead with this being the first of seven matchups between the two teams throughout this month. Much like Kansas City nobody would’ve expected Cleveland to look this solid before the season started as many people expected them to head into a soft rebuild under first year manager, Stephan Vogt. Triston McKenzie gets the ball for the opening game of the series and although he has had some issues of his own throughout the early part of the season, he is putting up decent performances when needed. That is something he will look to here on Tuesday night, as well as he looks to lead Cleveland to victory over Kansas City.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 20-7 at home 

- Cleveland is 14-7 against teams above .500

- Kansas City is 8-14 against teams above .500

Even with Seth Lugo on the mound I expect the Guardians hot run of hitting to continue into this game on Tuesday night. They have been the best team in all of Major League Baseball at home this season, and I don’t look for that to change in the opening game of this series. As I look for the Cleveland Guardians to grab the first of three games against the Kansas City Royals to further extend their lead in the American League Central Division. 

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