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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians Preview and Predictions 08-25-2019


Franmil Reyes hopes to build off perhaps his biggest hit in a Cleveland uniform when the Indians attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon. Reyes, who is batting just .167 since coming over from San Diego before the trade deadline, belted a three-run homer in the 4-2 victory on Saturday as the Indians strengthened their grasp on the first wild-card slot in the American League.

Reyes, who reached 30 homers for the first time in his career Saturday, gave Cleveland a boost with his third-inning blast after third baseman Jose Ramirez had to leave the game in the second due to right wrist discomfort and is day-to-day. The Indians have won 12 of 18 games in the season series and will try to claim the finale as well with ace right-hander Shane Bieber on the mound while struggling Kansas City counters with lefty Eric Skoglund, who was summoned from the minors earlier in the week. The Royals are winless in their last nine series (0-8-1) and have lost four straight games with just five runs scored, dropping to 6-21 since winning nine of the first 12 contests after the All-Star break. Whit Merrifield has hit safely in six straight games (7-for-26) and slugger Jorge Soler knocked in his team-leading and career-high 89th run Saturday for Kansas City.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, STO (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Eric Skoglund (2018: 1-6, 5.14 ERA) vs. Indians RH Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.26)

Skoglund will make his first appearance on a major-league mound in 2019 and the 19th start of his career after serving an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension earlier this season. The 26-year-old UCF product suffered the loss in his last start of 2018 against Cleveland despite allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings. Francisco Lindor is 3-for-4 with two homers versus Skoglund, who is 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 minor-league starts this season.

Bieber has lost his last two outings while extending his streak of quality starts to six straight after giving up four runs (two earned) over six innings against the New York Mets on Tuesday. The 24-year-old California native has already topped his win total from last season and owns a 2.89 ERA since the All-Star break. Merrifield is 4-for-12 with two doubles and a homer against Bieber, who is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts versus the Royals this year.

WALK-OFFS

1. Royals INF Cheslor Cuthbert snapped a 0-for-40 slump with a double Saturday and scored a run after drawing a walk.

2. Cleveland 1B Carlos Santana is batting .342 with seven homers, 19 RBIs, 21 runs scored and 19 walks in August.

3. Kansas City INF Nicky Lopez was rested Saturday and is riding a seven-game hitting streak (8-for-23).

Prediction

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Last Injuries

Cleveland Indians

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Hip Flexor
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Carrasco is dealing with a mild right hip flexor strain, and it is unclear if he will be available for the season opener against the Tigers.

  • Mike Clevinger

    Knee
    Early April | out

    Clevinger is recovering from surgery to repair a partial tear to the meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Kansas City Royals

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Shoulder
    Prob March 26 | probable

    Mondesi is expected to play opening day against the White Sox after rehabbing from left shoulder surgery.

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