Danny Duffy (2-0, 3.45 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 4.98 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (17-9) and the Cleveland Indians (9-16) at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 5-3 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 6 and can be seen on STO and FSN-KC.
Duffy is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts against the Indians. Eric Hosmer (.320, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 19 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. Carrasco is 2-4 with a 4.82 ERA when pitching against the Royals. He takes on a good Kansas City offense which is hitting .293 this season. Michael Brantley (.351, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Kansas City is a -133 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +717 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 8-5. Kansas City has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 8-4 and 11-8 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in offense with 5.1 runs per game. The Royals lead the MLB in batting average with an impressive team average of .293. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 21 bases. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Kauffman Stadium have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 2.85 at home. The Royals are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.10 so far this season.
In the other locker room, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -915 and a disappointing record of 3-6 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 5.8 during that stretch. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.4 per game, ranking third in the AL.
The Royals lead the season series, 3-1. The Royals have an 8-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 0-3 and 2-8, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 5-13, and the Royals have a 12-8 record.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Indians are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 7-2. The Royals have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, Cleveland has earned 105 this season. Kansas City ranks third with 133 runs.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 56 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 85.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 11-4. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have an 8-7 record.