Josh Tomlin (7-1, 3.79 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.03 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (29-24) and the Kansas City Royals (30-24) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 6-1, and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on FOX.
Tomlin pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs (four unearned) and striking out one in a 9-2 defeat to the Rangers. Mike Napoli (.237, 36 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Kennedy went 6.0 innings, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking five in a 6-2 win over the Rays in his most recent start.
The odds for Cleveland and Kansas City are Indians -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Indians lead the season series, 4-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians and the Royals hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The Indians sit at 16-7 and the Royals have a 13-7 record.
The Indians managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with a 7-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the Indians have won their last three games while the Royals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 24-9. The Indians have a 19-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Kansas City has earned 221 this season. Cleveland ranks eighth with 254 runs.
Ranking 28th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 127 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 11th with 182.
The Indians are 17-17 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 22-13 when they hit at least one homer.