Edinson Volquez (2-3, 2.10 ERA) takes the hill for the Kansas City Royals (17-10) as they square off against Corey Kluber (0-4, 4.62 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (10-16) in the last of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Indians won the last game 10-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 7 and can be seen on STO and FSN-KC.
Volquez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.330, 20 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs. Kluber is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA against the Royals in his career. He is up against a good Kansas City offense that's batting .289. Brandon Moss (.241, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Kansas City is a narrow -108 favorite at home against Cleveland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +817 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 9-5. Kansas City is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in offense with 5.1 runs per game. The Royals lead the MLB in batting average with a phenomenal team average of .289. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.08. The Royals are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.13 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,015 and a disappointing record of 3-7 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-4 record when playing as the underdog. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.4 per game, ranking third in the AL. The Indians allow 5.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.6 runs per game during that span.
The Royals lead the season series, 3-2. The Royals have a 9-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kluber takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 7-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 6-13, and the Royals have a 12-9 record.
The Royals are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have an 11-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 8-2. The Royals have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, Cleveland has earned 115 this season. Kansas City ranks fourth with 136 runs.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 58 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 89.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 11-5. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 9-7 record.