Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM (Kauffman Stadium)
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The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals meet in the finale of their three game set from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians will look to avoid the sweep after being shutout in game two by a final score of 3-0. Brad Miller accounted for all of Cleveland’s offense in the losing effort, going 2 for 3 with a double as the rest of the Tribe ended up going 0 for 25 with 7 strikeouts. Jefry Rodriguez ended up with the loss on the mound, falling to 0-1 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings of work. Corey Kluber will start the finale and is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 12-7 with a 3.09 ERA and 165 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to pull off the surprising sweep of the Indians after taking game two on Saturday. Ryan O’Hearn had a solo homer while Whit Merrifield went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Adalberto Mondesi added an RBI as well to round out KC’s scoring in the win. Hunter Dozier chipped in a pair of base hits while Martin Maldonado had a base hit as well in the winning effort. Homer Bailey got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year after throwing seven scoreless frames, giving up just two hits while striking out six. Wily Peralta closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Jakob Junis will start the finale and is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 35-16 in Kluber’s last 51 division starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 division games. Kansas City is 2-11 in Junis’ last 13 starts against a team with a winning record and 8-43 in their last 51 game three matchups while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games overall. Cleveland is 6-2 in Kluber’s last 8 starts against Kansas City.
The plus money is somewhat tempting considering that Cleveland has scored just one run in the first two games of the series. However, Kluber buckled down in his last start and in all honesty, it’s not often that you get these kinds of prices with Cleveland’s staff ace. Junis has been alright, but he’s still given up at least three runs in each of his starts so far this season and has an ERA well over five against Cleveland in his career. I think the Indians stop the bleeding and pick up a much-needed win here to avoid the sweep.