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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals Pick & Prediction MAY 6TH 2021

FinishedTV: Bally Sports NetworkKauffman Stadium Kansas City

915Cleveland Indians
916Kansas City Royals

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Triston McKenzie threw five scoreless innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the host Kansas City Royals 4-0 Thursday afternoon to complete a sweep of the four-game series.

Cesar Hernandez and Rene Rivera each had three hits for Cleveland.

Franmil Reyes, who is now hitting .538 (14-of-26) with six doubles and six RBIs in seven career games in Kauffman Stadium, hit his second home run in KC, his eighth of the season.

The Royals have lost five straight games after coming into the series with the best record in baseball.

The Indians got single runs in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

The Royals never mounted much of a threat on offense. They only had two baserunners beyond second base, and both got there with two outs.

McKenzie (1-1), who only lasted two innings (allowing five runs) in his last start, rebounded well. He gave up only two hits and no runs in five innings. He struggled with his control, walking four and striking out five.

Danny Duffy (4-2) took the loss for Kansas City. He was solid but got no support. He allowed three runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking one. His ERA rose to 1.26 for the season. It's the first time this season Duffy's ERA has been above 1.00.

The Indians scored first in the second inning. Duffy gave up a leadoff double, just like he did in the first, but this time the Indians cashed in the chance. Amed Rosario's single drove in Harold Ramirez from second.

It was the first earned run Duffy has allowed this season not to come via a solo home run.

The Indians added a run in the fifth. Jordan Luplow hit the third of three straight soft singles with two outs, driving in Rivera.

The Indians then chased Duffy with another run in the sixth. Duffy walked Reyes to lead off the inning. With two outs, Rosario tripled in the gap in left center, scoring Reyes.

The Indians got their last run on Reyes' home run in the 8th.

--Field Level Media

One of the quirks in baseball is how certain players excel against certain teams, and especially at certain ballparks.

There's no better case than Franmil Reyes of the Cleveland Indians, who is hitting .565 (13-for-23) with a home run, six doubles and five RBIs in his six career games at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Reyes will look to improve on those numbers Thursday afternoon as the Indians and Royals conclude a four-game series. The Indians have won the first three games, all in come-from-behind fashion.

The most frustrating loss for Kansas City manager Mike Matheny was Wednesday's 5-4 defeat. The Royals had a 4-0 lead on Shane Bieber before the Indians stormed back with three runs in the sixth and solo home runs in the eighth and ninth.

"Come back tomorrow and play good baseball," Matheny said when asked how his club would respond to the loss.

The Indians will send right-hander Triston McKenzie (0-1, 6.27 ERA) to mound. He'll face Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (4-1, 0.60 ERA).

Reyes is a career .265 hitter with 69 home runs and 167 RBIs in 322 games.

The Indians hope that Thursday's start for McKenzie will be as great as the first inning of his last start, and nothing like the second inning.

In two innings on Saturday, he allowed five runs, one hit, four walks and struck out six on 57 pitches. He had three straight strikeouts in the first. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a grand slam to Tim Anderson. McKenzie faced 11 White Sox, and with the exception of Anderson's second career slam, he walked or struck out every batter.

"I don't know if I've ever seen that before," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after the game. "They put one ball in play, but they have five runs. He either struck them out or walked them. It was frustrating because he came out and I thought he really had good stuff. But he lost the strike zone and paid the price for it."

McKenzie is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Royals. He gave up one earned run in 3 2/3 innings of relief in his only appearance this year against Kansas City on April 5.

The Indians will be looking at life without two-time Gold Glove catcher Roberto Perez, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right ring finger Wednesday. Perez was injured on April 13 when he was crossed up on a pitch from James Karinchak. His batting average has dropped from .238 to .131 since the injury.

Duffy has been nearly flawless this season for the Royals. He's allowed two earned runs (on two solo home runs) in 30 innings. He's struck out 34, and his WHIP is under 1.00.

Always seemingly on the trade block, Duffy has been an anchor for the Royals as other starting pitchers have been up and down. General manager Dayton Moore is glad he never acted on a trade.

"If you believe in the person and you love the talent, you're always going to stay with the player longer," Moore told MLB.com. "That's just been the case with Danny. He's on quite a roll right now; he's anchoring our staff, and he's a huge reason why we're off to a solid start."

Duffy is 5-12 with a 4.82 ERA in 24 appearances (20 starts) in his career against Cleveland. He gave up no runs on two hits in six innings in his first start this season on April 5 in Cleveland.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Kansas City W 4 - 0
  • @Kansas City W 5 - 4
  • @Kansas City W 7 - 3
  • @Kansas City W 8 - 6
  • @Chi. White Sox W 5 - 0
  • @Chi. White Sox L 3 - 7
  • @Chi. White Sox W 5 - 3
  • Minnesota L 10 - 2
  • Minnesota W 4 - 7
  • Minnesota W 3 - 5
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Cleveland L 4 - 0
  • Cleveland L 5 - 4
  • Cleveland L 7 - 3
  • Cleveland L 8 - 6
  • @Minnesota L 4 - 13
  • @Minnesota W 11 - 3
  • @Minnesota L 1 - 9
  • @Pittsburgh W 9 - 6
  • @Pittsburgh L 1 - 2
  • @Detroit W 3 - 2

Next Games

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  • Chi. Cubs(03-18-21) L 4 - 3
  • Chi. Cubs(03-18-21) L 4 - 3
  • Chi. White Sox(03-03-21) W 5 - 6
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  • Chi. White Sox(03-03-21) W 5 - 6
  • @Detroit(04-26-21) W 3 - 2
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Last Meetings

  • Indians @ Royals 4-0
  • Indians @ Royals 5-4
  • Indians @ Royals 7-3
  • Indians @ Royals 8-6
  • Royals @ Indians 2-4
  • Royals @ Indians 3-0
  • Indians @ Royals 4-5
  • Royals @ Indians 8-6
  • Royals @ Indians 11-1
  • Royals @ Indians 3-0

Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Jesse Hahn

    Shoulder
    Late May | 10-day IL

    Hahn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement syndrome, and he is not expected to be available until the end of May.

  • Kyle Zimmer

    Back
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Zimmer has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a left trapezius strain, and he is not expected to return to the mound until the middle of May.

  • Cam Gallagher

    Head
    Out indefinitely | 7-day IL

    Gallagher is on the 7-day injured list due to a concussion, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Oblique
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Mondesi has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, and he is expected to be out until the middle of May.

  • Brady Singer

    Heel
    Prob Wed | probable

    Singer exited his last outing with a left heel contusion, but it is expected that he will make his next scheduled start Wednesday versus the Indians.

  • Tyler Zuber

    Arm
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Zuber has missed the last four contests with an arm injury, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up for Wednesday's matchup versus the Pirates.

  • Salvador Perez

    Thumb
    Prob Tues | probable

    Perez exited the previous game with a thumb injury, but it is expected that he will be active against the Pirates on Tuesday.

  • Greg Holland

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Holland has been added to the 10-day injured list with an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear how long he will be unavailable.

Cleveland Indians

  • Roberto Perez

    Finger
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Perez has wound up on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured finger, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Ka'ai Tom

    Undisclosed
    Prob Wed | probable

    Tom has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from an undisclosed injury, and it is expected that he will return to the lineup against the Royals on Wednesday.

  • Nick Wittgren

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Wittgren has been placed on the paternity list for the birth of his child, and he is permitted to miss one to three days.