Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -205 / Kansas City Royals +188 O/U: 9.5
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians will meet up on the MLB diamond Tuesday to continue their series.
In the Monday opener of this set, we had an intense 10-inning marathon. When the dust settled the Indians took it in walk-off fashion on a homer.
For Tuesday’s game, the Royals will send out Glenn Sparkman for the start. Over his 49.2 innings and 2-3 record this year, Sparkman has a 3.62 ERA with 27 Ks and 12 BBs.
The Royals mustered just five hits on Monday and really couldn’t get much going. KC’s top hitter was Whit Merrifield, who logged a solo homer for the team’s first run.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with Shane Bieber on Tuesday. Across 91.0 innings and a 6-3 record this year, Bieber has a 3.86 ERA with 116 Ks and 21 BBs.
The big hero for the Indians on Monday was Jason Kipnis, who slapped his sixth homer of the year—a solo shot—in the 10th to win the game. Kipnis had three hits on the night.
The Royals are 7-19 in their last 26 in game two of a series and 1-4 in Sparkman’s last five starts. KC is 1-4 in Sparkman’s last five on grass and the under is 5-2-1 in their last eight in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 5-1 in Bieber’s last six home starts and 5-2 in his last seven overall. Cleveland is 5-1 in Bieber’s last six starts versus the AL Central and 6-1 in his last seven at home versus a team with a losing record.
Sparkman has been throwing pretty well lately. He’s got one start in his last four games where he’s given up more than two earned (four) but otherwise has given up four total in the other three outings.
As for Bieber, his numbers weren’t great versus Boston or the Yankees but he does have three quality starts with six total earned over his last four games.
This should be a pretty fun pitching matchup. Cleveland is just a better team though, so I’m going that route.