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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).

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Last Injuries

Cleveland Indians

  • Jason Kipnis

    Wrist
    Late Oct | out

    Kipnis is sidelined due to a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Franmil Reyes

    Personal
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Reyes has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Tigers.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Maybin sat out the previous game with lingering soreness in his left wrist, but it is expected that he will be available Thursday against the Angels.

  • Tyler Olson

    Illness
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Olson is on the 10-day injured list due to case of shingles, and he is projected to be out for the remainder of the season.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. He has suffered an oblique strain during his rehab and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Danny Salazar

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Salazar has been transferred to the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    day-to-day | questionable

    Maybin has an ongoing left wrist soreness and will not be available Sunday against the Red Sox.

  • Jefry Rodriguez

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | 60-day IL

    Rodriguez has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list after a recovering from a right shoulder strain, but it is unclear if he will rejoin the team for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Kansas City Royals

  • Jakob Junis

    Conditioning
    out for season | out

    Junis has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season due to load management.

  • Kelvin Gutierrez

    Toe
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Gutierrez has a fractured right toe and is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Mondesi is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the White Sox on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.

  • Hunter Dozier

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dozier is unlikely to play Wednesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Jake Newberry

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Newberry has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be available Tuesday against the White Sox.

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Matt Joyce 121 35 184 30 55 10 0 7 23 86 0 43 0 .299 .467 .411
Francisco Lindor 134 133 565 95 165 39 2 31 70 301 21 88 5 .292 .533 .343
Tyler Naquin 89 77 274 34 79 19 0 10 34 128 4 66 2 .288 .467 .325
Carlos Santana 150 150 546 106 154 29 1 34 91 287 4 100 0 .282 .526 .398
Jordan Luplow 80 55 211 37 59 15 1 13 36 115 3 58 2 .280 .545 .368
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Cimber 65 0 167 40 4 52 5 2 27 0 0 0 19 771
Oliver Perez 63 0 118 46 3 35 4 2 17 0 0 3 12 622
Brad Hand 59 0 169 81 4 53 6 5 21 0 0 2 18 933
Nick Wittgren 52 0 165 57 0 44 9 1 20 0 0 0 15 931
Tyler Clippard 52 3 185 64 7 37 7 0 19 0 0 1 14 921
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 113 109 0 29 18 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 56 44 0 18 7 2 0 1
Tim Federowicz 28 22 2 10 3 4 0 2
Aaron Civale 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Homer Bailey 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Jorge Bonifacio 5 5 20 3 7 3 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 .350 .500 .381
Whit Merrifield 154 153 647 100 196 39 9 16 74 301 18 117 10 .303 .465 .351
Hunter Dozier 131 130 492 71 138 28 9 26 82 262 2 137 2 .280 .533 .351
Terrance Gore 37 13 51 13 14 2 1 0 1 18 13 18 5 .275 .353 .362
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Ian Kennedy 60 0 181 70 1 61 5 1 22 0 0 1 17 1048
Scott Barlow 57 0 200 89 3 60 6 3 32 0 0 7 35 1229
Kevin McCarthy 51 0 164 34 2 67 4 6 31 0 0 1 21 838
Jake Diekman 48 0 125 63 8 33 3 0 23 0 0 1 23 783
Wily Peralta 42 0 121 24 2 45 7 1 28 0 0 4 19 673
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Cam Gallagher 45 36 0 20 5 1 0 1
Meibrys Viloria 37 35 0 12 9 1 0 3
Nick Dini 15 13 1 6 4 1 0 1
Martin Maldonado 4 4 0 1 1 1 0 1
Adalberto Mondesi 99 98 0 0 0 6 0 0