Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Josh Tomlin (4-0, 3.13 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (14-13) go up against Edinson Volquez (3-2, 3.13 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (15-14) in the last of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Royals won the last game 7-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and will air on STOh and FSKC.
In his last start, Tomlin pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out five in a 7-3 victory over the Tigers. The Royals were unsuccessful against the Nationals 2-0 the last time Volquez pitched. He went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking one. Eric Hosmer (.336, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians sit at 9-4 against their division, while the Royals are 6-2
Kansas City has won 50% (5-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 62% (5-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 11-4. The Indians have a 9-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Cleveland and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Cleveland sits at 21st with 119 runs this season and Kansas City ranks 28th with 98.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 68 this season. Cleveland ranks near the bottom at 21st with 85.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 7-8. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 12-6 record.