Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.45 ERA) gets the ball for the Cleveland Indians (27-24) as they meet Yordano Ventura (4-3, 5.17 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (30-22) in the first of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Royals go into this series looking to continue a six-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and will air on STOh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Carrasco pitched 2.2 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out two in a 6-3 victory over the Tigers. Mike Napoli (.230, 33 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Royals were also victorious the last time Ventura pitched. He struggled, going 7.0 innings, allowing seven runs (one unearned) and striking out four in an 8-7 victory over the White Sox. Lorenzo Cain (.305, 30 Rs, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -170 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
In their previous three games this season, the Indians have a 2-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians sit at 14-7 against their division, while the Royals are 13-5
The Indians managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with a 10-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 4-14. The Royals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 44 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half with 56.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.80 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five with 9.31.
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 .734.
The Royals are 16-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 17-20 when they allow at least one homer.