Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.25 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (32-30) go up against Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 3.48 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (35-27) in the first of a three-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 13 and will air on STOh and FSKC.
In his last start, Volquez pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-0 loss to the Orioles. Eric Hosmer (.318, 32 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Indians were unsuccessful against the Mariners 5-0 the last time Carrasco pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking one. Mike Napoli (.244, 40 Rs, 14 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Indians, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The Indians are a -125 road favorite for this matchup with a total of 8.
Pick - KC
The Indians sit at 18-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 15-10.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 4-18. The Indians have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 54 this season. Cleveland ranks 16th with 71 home runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 142 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 202.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 24-14. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 22-18 record.