Danny Salazar (5-3, 2.39 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.74 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (28-24) and the Kansas City Royals (30-23) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 5-4, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on STOh and FSKC.
Salazar pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking two in an 11-4 win over the Orioles. Mike Napoli (.235, 35 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Volquez went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-4 win over the White Sox in his last outing. Lorenzo Cain (.307, 30 Rs, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Cleveland and Kansas City are Indians -175, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Indians lead the season series, 3-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians and the Royals hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The Indians sit at 15-7 and the Royals have a 13-6 record.
Kansas City recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 19-18 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 4-13. The Indians have a 5-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 46 this season. Cleveland ranks 17th with 56 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.85 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.36.
Cleveland and Kansas City both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Cleveland sits at 11th with an OPS of .738, and Kansas City ranks 14th with an OPS of .736.
The Royals are 16-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 18-20 when they allow at least one homer.