Monday, July 4, 2022

Guardians host Royals to open 3-game series

Kansas City Royals (16-30, fifth in AL Central) vs. Cleveland Guardians (19-24, third in AL Central)

Cleveland; Monday, 6:10 p.m. EDT

Pitching Probables: Royals: Jonathan Hesley (0-2, 4.73 ERA, 1.88 whips, seven strikeouts); Guardian: Zach Plesac (1-4, 5.40 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 28 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Guardians-168, Royals +143; over/under 9 runs

Bottom line: The Cleveland Guardians host the Kansas City Royals to open a three-game series.

Cleveland is 19–24 overall and 8–8 in home games. The Guardians go 17-4 in games when they record eight or more hits.

Kansas City is 16-30 overall and 8-15 on the road. The Royals hitters have a collective .300 on-base percentage, ranking ninth in the AL.

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Monday’s game is the fifth time these teams are hitting boundaries this season. The season series is tied at 2-2.

Top Performer: Jose Ramirez leads the Guardians with 12 home runs slugging .634. Owen Miller is 9-for-38 in the last 10 games with a double, a home run and six RBIs.

Andrew Benintendi has six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBIs for the Royals. Bobby Witt Jr is 11-for-37 in the last 10 matches with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBIs.

Last 10 games: Guardians: 3-7, .213 batting average, 2.79 ERA, beat opponents by five runs

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Royals: 2-8, .267 batting average, 7.12 ERA, 21 runs outscore

Injuries: Parent: Franmil Reyes: 10-Day IL (Hamstring), Aaron Sivale: 15-Day IL (Left Glute), James Karinchak: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Carlos Vargas: 60-Day IL (Unknown), Cody Morris: 60-Day IL (Shoulder)

Royals: Kyle Isbell: 10-day IL (illness), Amir Garrett: 15-day IL (unknown), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-day IL (knee), Michael A. Taylor: 10-day IL (illness), Edward Olivares: 10-day IL (quadricep), Cam Gallagher: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10-day IL (flexor), Tyler Zuber: 60-day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press produced this story using technology provided by DataScrew and data from Sportradar,

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