In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (33-30) and the Cleveland Indians (35-28) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Chris Young (2-6, 6.37 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.48 ERA) get the start. The Royals won the last game 2-1, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 14 and will air on STOh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Young pitched 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking one in a 7-0 loss to the Indians. Eric Hosmer (.318, 32 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Indians were victorious the last time Tomlin pitched. He pitched well, going 6.1 innings, allowing two runs and striking out four in a 5-3 victory over the Mariners.
The Indians are a -120 favorite in this battle between AL Central rivals. The total is 8.5.
Pick - KC
The Royals and the Indians hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The Royals sit at 16-10 and the Indians have an 18-8 record.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have an 11-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 27-10. The Indians have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 238 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 with 295.
Ranking 17th, Kansas City is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Cleveland ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .733.
The Indians are 21-23 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 18-22 record.