8:10 pm
September 7

Guardians @ Royals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Cleveland Guardians (70-64)

@ Kansas City Royals (55-82)


Starting Pitchers:

Morris (CLE): 0-1; 9.00 ERA

Greinke (KC) 4-8; 4.14 ERA


Current odds:

Cleveland Guardians: (-143)

Kansas City Royals: (+121)


• The starting line-up for Cleveland is as follows:

• The starting line-up for Kansas City is as follows:

• When Steven Kwan steps into the batter’s box at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, he generally feels confident. Although he recognizes that it’s a small sample size, his statistics are impressive in the home of the Royals. The Guardians and host Royals will complete their three-game series in Kansas City on Wednesday night.

• The Guardians won their second straight against the Royals on Tuesday. Shane Bieber improved to 5-0 in his career against the Royals with eight solid innings. He allowed one run — a Salvador Perez opposite field home run — on four hits. He even had time for jokes after the game.

• Even with an 0-for-5 night Tuesday, Kwan still has a .417 batting average, .512 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.095 in nine career games at Kauffman.

• The task of trying to stop Kwan and the Guardians will fall on the right arm of Greinke. He’s been on the IL since Aug. 24 with right forearm tightness. Royals’ manager Mike Matheny says Greinke is ready to go. Greinke has averaged 87.5 pitches in his 21 starts this season. That has carried him into the sixth inning on average. He’s pitched at least six innings just five times.

• In his career, Greinke is 12-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 33 appearances (28 starts) against the Guardians. He’s been exceptional against Cleveland this season, going 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in two starts. He’s allowed eight hits and one run in 10 2/3 innings.

• Morris will be making his second major league start after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in two innings against the Seattle Mariners in his debut on Friday. Manager Terry Francona said Morris will be limited to about 60 pitches.

StreakSmarter Pick
Cleveland Guardians