In the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (29-19) and the Cleveland Indians (29-19) at Kauffman Stadium, Jason Vargas (3-2, 5.16 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 4.24 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and will air on STO and FSN-KC.
Vargas is 5-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.30 WHIP against the Indians in his career. In his career against the Royals, Carrasco is 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA. He meets a strong Kansas City offense that's batting .278. Jason Kipnis (.340, 37 Rs, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Indians, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Royals have an SU record of 15-10 against teams in their division. Kansas City has averaged 3.2 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.7. The Royals come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Royals lead the AL in hits with 9.6 per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals are the best in the AL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.2 per game.
Against divisional opponents, the Indians are 10-17 SU. The Indians are known for their bats, hitting 155 extra base hits. The Indians average 3.9 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL.
The Royals have mostly come out on top against the Indians in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Carrasco) in this game and have a 19-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the right-hander Vargas. They sport a 14-15 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 10-17, and the Royals have a 15-10 record.
The Royals are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 0-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 19-3. The Royals have a 26-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Kansas City sits at ninth with 224 runs this season and Cleveland ranks sixth with 225.
Cleveland tops the league in walks with 196 this season. Kansas City ranks at the bottom with 101.
The Royals are 19-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 19-13 when they hit at least one homer.