Chris Young (4-1, 1.55 ERA) and Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.52 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (29-20) and the Cleveland Indians (25-26) at Kauffman Stadium. The Indians won the last game 2-1 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on STO and FSN-KC.
Young is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts against the Indians. Kendrys Morales (.303, 32 Rs, 6 HRs, 37 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Kluber is 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA when pitching against the Royals. He is up against a quality Kansas City offense which is hitting .275 this season. Michael Brantley (.302, 21 Rs, 4 HRs, 31 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Cleveland takes on Kansas City as a -129 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have an overall money line of +934 and a record as the underdog of 13-9. Kansas City has recorded a disappointing 1-4 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Royals have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.7 runs per game. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in offense with 4.7 runs per game. The Royals lead the AL in hits with a phenomenal 9.6 per game. As for the pitchers, the Royals are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.2 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Cleveland has a 15-16 record and an overall money line of -626. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record, and a 7-3 record SU. The Indians have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 158 extra base hits. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.9 per game.
The Royals lead the season series, 4-3. The Royals have a 19-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kluber takes the mound. Young (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 10-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 11-17, and the Royals have a 15-11 record.
Cleveland has won 47% (9-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 65% (13-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Royals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs 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 Royals are 26-4. The Indians have a 20-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Kansas City sits at 10th with 225 runs this season and Cleveland ranks eighth with 227.
Ranking first in walks, Cleveland has earned 199 this season. Kansas City ranks 30th with 103 walks.
The Royals are 19-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 20-13 record.