On Thursday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, the Kansas City Royals take on the Cleveland Guardians in the first game of a 4-game series between them.
Cleveland lost 2 of 3 games to Atlanta and dropped to 42-44 overall. By winning game 2, the Guardians evaded being victimized by the NL heavyweights. During this coming weekend, they will focus on an uninspiring Kansas City squad. The Cleveland lineup is batting .248 with a .313 on-base percentage and averaging 3.98 runs per game. The bullpen has a 1.28 WHIP and a 3.86 ERA. After scoring several runs in 4 of the previous 5 contests, Ames Rosario is currently on an upward trend and now has 33 RBIs on the year.
Tanner Bibee will take the mound in this game. In his prior start versus the Cubs, Bibee pitched 5.2 shutout innings and earned the victory. The rookie’s campaign is looking bright despite a difficult June that saw him post a 5.40 ERA; instead, he has a 3.46 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and an overall record of 5-2 in 65 innings. 6 home runs have only been allowed by Bibee. He is facing the Royals for the first time in this game.
Kansas City ends up at 25-62 overall since Minnesota swept them. The Royals will try to prevent getting swept once more this coming weekend in Cleveland after Pablo Lopez’s brilliance silenced them. The Kansas City lineup is batting .231, putting up a .295 on-base percentage, and averaging 3.35 runs per game. The bullpen has a 1.47 WHIP and a 5.29 ERA. Bobby Witt Jr., who leads Kansas City in hits with 87, RBIs with 45, and home runs with 13 has scored in 5 consecutive matches.
On Thursday, Jordan Lyles will be selected. Due to a slight ailment, Lyles missed his most recent start. However, in his last appearance facing the Rays, he gave up just 4 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings to earn his long-sought first victory of the year. The seasoned pitcher is having an awful campaign, going 1-11 in 91.2 innings pitched while compiling a 6.68 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
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Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Guardians Game Information
- Date: 07/06/2023
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Progressive Field.
- How to Watch: Royals vs Guardians MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV