Chris Young (10-6, 3.29 ERA) and Danny Salazar (13-9, 3.51 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (89-65) and the Cleveland Indians (77-76) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Indians won the last game 9-5 and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 27 and can be seen on STOh and FSKC.
Young pitched 1.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Tigers. Kendrys Morales (.292, 77 Rs, 21 HRs, 105 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run. Salazar went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 3-1 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Francisco Lindor (.320, 47 Rs, 10 HRs, 47 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
The odds for Kansas City and Cleveland are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Within its division, Kansas City has a record of 38-30 SU. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 99 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.82.
The Indians are 30-39 against teams in their division. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking second in the AL. Moving on to Cleveland's pitching staff and defense, the The Indians allow just three runs per road game, ranking them first in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season.
The Royals have a 61-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Salazar takes the mound. Young (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 54-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Royals hold a 38-31 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Indians' record in these matchups is 31-39.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have an 18-36 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the Indians have won their last three games while the Royals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 65-13. The Royals have a 70-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Cleveland sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 641 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 694.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 357 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 515.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 62-30, well-matched with the Indians who are 58-30 when hitting one or more homers.