Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Sunday July 21, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-125) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (+105)
FS-Kansas City, SportsTime Ohio
The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set from Progressive Field on Sunday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to win the set after evening the series up at one win apiece following a 1-0 win in game two on Saturday. Hunter Dozier’s solo home run in the top of the 1st inning was the lone run that the game would see, while Cam Gallagher went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Cheslor Cuthbert, Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield each had base hits to cap off KC’s offense as a team in the victory. Jakob Junis got the win to improve to 6-8 on the year after tossing six shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven. Ian Kennedy closed out the 9th for his 17th save of the season. Glenn Sparkman will start the finale and is 3-5 with a 4.54 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sparkman is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday. Greg Allen had a double while Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis each added a base hit as Cleveland cranked out just three hits as a team in the defeat. The rest of the Tribe ended up going 0 for 19 with 10 strikeouts in the losing effort. Adam Plutko took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year after giving up one run on two hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Zach Plesac will start game three and is 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Plesac’s second career start against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 1-5 in Sparkman’s last 6 road starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 game three matchups. Cleveland is 4-1 in Plesac’s last 5 starts and 10-2 in their last 12 games following a loss while the under is 34-16-1 in their last 51 home games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 8-24 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
Sparkman is fresh off of a complete game shutout against the White Sox, but the issue is that the Royals haven’t had success with Sparkman on the road this season, dropping five of his last six starts away from Kauffman and that probably won’t change considering that Sparkman has an ERA over nine on the road this season. Plesac doesn’t have much experience to back him with a steep price like this, but the Indians are the better team and need to take advantage of spots like this if they’re going to make up ground in the division race. I’ll side with the Indians for a victory here and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll back Cleveland on the RL.