Cleveland Indians versus Kansas City Royals (July 25)
In this AL Central match, the fourth place Royals host the second place Indians.
Adam Plutko is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Indians. Mike Montgomery, recently coming over from the Cubs, is set to start the game for the Royals.
Offensively, the Indians are hitting about the league average of 4.6 runs per game.
Carlos Santana leads the team in home runs with 21. Francisco Lindor is tops in batting average at .293 and has added 16 long balls.
Roberto Perez contributes to the power attack with 16. Overall the Indians have hit 131 home runs this season.
For the Royals, they are hitting only .249 with 100 home runs and 4.4 runs per game, slightly less than average.
Jorge Soler is the big bat in the lineup, having belted 27 home runs with 71 RBI.
Hunter Dozier (15 home runs, 53 RBI) and Whit Merrifield (12 home runs, 51 RBI) are the other top offensive threats for Kansas City.
On the mound, Adam Plutko has struggled mightily keeping the ball in the park.
He’s allowed 14 home runs in only 48 2/3 innings, contributing to his 4.81 ERA.
The Indians bullpen is very solid. Adam Cimber and Nick Wittgren have a combined ERA of 2.93 in 66 2/3 innings.
Closer Brad Hand has been excellent, having saved 27 with an ERA of 2.55. As a team the Indians are allowing 4.1 runs per game.
Mike Montgomery has not been impressive thus far, allowing six home runs in 27 innings with an ERA of 5.67.
The relievers have not been stellar either. Closer Ian Kennedy has been decent with a 3.48 ERA over 41 1/3 innings.
However, the combination of Jake Diekman, Wily Peralta and Scott Barlow have an ERA of 5.59 in 120 2/3 innings.
The Royals are allowing 5.1 runs per game.
Despite two offenses that are merely average, the feel is that this will be a high scoring contest.
This is largely due to the starting pitcher’s ineptitude at keeping the ball In the park.
After the starters get knocked around, it will come down to the bullpen. Edge goes to the Indians.
Take the over and for Cleveland to win by a 7-6 score.