Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.51 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (89-64) meet Josh Tomlin (6-2, 2.43 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (76-76) in the second of a three-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Indians won the last game 6-0 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 26 and will air on STOh and FSKC.
In his last start, Medlen pitched 5.0 innings, allowing zero runs (three unearned), striking out two and walking three in a 10-3 victory over the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.307, 98 Rs, 16 HRs, 71 RBIs, 28 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. The Indians were victorious over the White Sox 6-3 the last time Tomlin pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out eight and walking three.
Kansas City, a -148 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Royals have a winning record of 55-35 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,648. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 38-30 and a 24-19 record when they were the favorite. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 99 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank fifth in the AL in ERA with a 3.80 team average.
Switching gears, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .463 when playing as the underdog (25-29) and an overall money line of -1,280. Against divisional foes, they are 30-39 SU and 11-10 as the underdog. Cleveland has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 3.4 in the AL with second walks per game. The Indians are the top AL pitching staff on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of three runs allowed per away game. They have a WHIP of 1.20, fourth best in the MLB.
The Royals have mostly come out on top against the Indians in their previous 17 games this season, earning a 9-8 record. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Tomlin) in this game and have a 61-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Medlen will take the mound against the Indians, who have a 54-46 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals are 38-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Indians are 30-39 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 36-23, while Cleveland is 28-25.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 50-45 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 64-13. The Royals have a 70-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Cleveland sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 632 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at fifth with 689.
Ranking 29th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 356 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fifth with 513.
The Royals are 62-29 when they hit at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 57-30 record.