Reliever Trevor Stephan threw one inning to get the win, and Emmanuel Clase picked up his 24th save with a scoreless ninth. Will Brennan was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs in the win.
ON THE MOUND
Logan Allen (3-2, 3.68 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Cleveland. The southpaw threw four scoreless innings in his last start, a 6-1 road win over the Athletics on Thursday. He gave up two hits while striking out five and walking three in the no-decision.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Cleveland has averaged 3.4 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.9. Kansas City is averaging 4.0 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.7 for the season. The Royals have a .693 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a .869 OPS over 79 at-bats, Bobby Witt Jr. has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Cleveland is 18-21 on the road in 2023, scoring 4.3 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Kansas City has gone 10-29 at home this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 5.6. In the last 10 games at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium between the AL Central rivals, Cleveland is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 5.7-3.0.
The Guardians are second in the AL Central, zero games behind the division-leading Twins. The Royals are fifth in the AL Central, 17 games behind the Twins.
SportsTips’ MLB Pick:
Cleveland Guardians (-135)
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