Cleveland Guardians vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

The Guardians head into Thursday's matchup vs. the Royals looking to extend their lead in the AL Central, as they are 40-20. However, the Royals are +127 on the money line and are 2nd in the AL Central with a record of 36-26. Today's over/under line is at 7.5 runs, and the forecast in Cleveland calls for scattered clouds and temperatures in the upper 60s.

BSKC will be televising today's game, which is getting underway at 1:10 PM ET from Progressive Field. Tanner Bibee is starting for the Guardians, while the Royals are going with Brady Singer.

Kansas City vs. Cleveland Matchup At A Glance

  • Teams: Royals at Guardians
  • Where: Progressive Field Cleveland
  • Date: Thursday, June 6th
  • Betting Odds CLE -151 | KC +127 O/U 7.5

Royals vs Guardians Last Game Recap

Cleveland picked up an 8-5 win over the Royals in the most recent game of this series. The Guardians had a huge 7th inning, scoring five of their eight runs. As for the Royals, they scored three of their five runs in the 4th. Heading into the game, the Guardians were favored at -133 on the money line.

Triston McKenzie got the start for the Guardians, going just 5 1/3 innings while giving up five runs and striking out seven. He did not factor in the decision as Cade Smith got the win out of the bullpen. Emmanuel Clase got the save. Seth Lugo only went six innings for the Royals, giving up five earned runs on six hits.

Bobby Witt Jr. had a two-home run performance for the Royals, going 3/5 with four RBIs. Hunter Renfroe also homered for Kansas City. Josh Naylor hit the lone home run for the Guardians, going 1/3 with two RBIs.

Royals Preview

After losing three straight games, the Royals are 36-26 overall and trail the Guardians by five games in the AL Central. This season, Kansas City has a 12-9 record against other teams in the division. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games and have lost two consecutive series.

On the run line, the Royals are 38-24 overall, including an 18-12 record on the road and 23-12 as underdogs. Their average run differential in wins is +4.0, but it drops to -2.8 in losses. The over/under record for Kansas City games this season is 27-33, with an average total of 8 runs. Today's O/U line is set at 7.5 runs.

Brady Singer gets the start for the Royals today as he faces off against the Guardians on the road. He has made 11 starts this season and has a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 2.63. Singer's WHIP for the season is currently 1.12. In his 11 appearances, he has turned in four quality starts and is averaging 9.34 strikeouts per nine innings. Singer's most recent outing came against the Rays, where he finished with a no-decision, giving up one earned run in five innings of work. Before that, he had won two straight starts.

Heading into today's game, Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez have been two of the Royals' top hitters, as Witt Jr. is batting .319 with 11 homers, and Perez is batting .315 with 10 homers. Witt Jr. has been especially hot of late, going 14/36 in his last eight games with two homers and 10 RBIs. Witt Jr.'s 46 RBIs are 5th in the league, while Perez's 41 RBIs are 8th best in the MLB.

As a team, the Royals are 6th in the league in scoring at 4.9 runs per game. They have been even better at home, averaging 5.5 runs per contest. Overall, they are one of the top home run hitting teams in the league and have the 6th best team batting average in the league.

Guardians Preview

Today, the Guardians are favored to win, and they have a 28-12 record as favorites this season. Their overall record is 40-20, and they lead the AL Central by five games. Cleveland's games have averaged 8.8 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 30-26. When the over/under line is 7.5 runs, their O/U record is 11-4.

For the season, the Guardians are 34-26 against the run line, with an average run line of 1.4 runs per game. They have a 21-7 home record and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. In series this year, they have a 14-5 record.

Cleveland is sending Tanner Bibee to the mound today vs. the Royals. The right-hander has made 12 starts this season and has a record of 4-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Bibee's WHIP for the season is currently 1.17, and he has turned in four quality starts. In his last outing, Bibee picked up the win, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up just one earned run. Looking back further, he has given up just one earned run in three of his last four outings. Opponents are batting .228 off Bibee this season.

Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor have been the Guardians' top power hitters this season, as they both have 16 homers, which is 4th best in the league. Ramirez is also leading the MLB with 58 RBIs, while Naylor is 6th in the league with 44 runs batted in. Ramirez has also been swinging a hot bat of late, going 13/37 in his last 10 games, with four homers and 13 RBIs. David Fry has also been a key contributor, as he is batting .342 for the season and has the 12th most homers in the league.

Overall, the Guardians have the league's top offense, averaging 5.1 runs per game. They have been even better on the road, averaging 5.2 runs per contest. As a team, they are batting .238 and have the 9th best on-base percentage in the league. Cleveland comes into the game with the 10th most homers in the league.

Royals vs. Guardians Prediction: Royals ML +127

Our predicted final score for this one is 6-5 in favor of the Royals, which is why we love the value of them on the money line at +127. If you're looking for a parlay, we would recommend taking the over, as we have this one finishing with 11 runs and the line is currently sitting at 7.5.

Looking at the starting pitchers, we have Brady Singer finishing with seven strikeouts, which is the third-best among all starters today. As for Tanner Bibee, we have him finishing with seven K's, which is the second-best.

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