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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians Recap APR 7TH 2021

Rookie Brady Singer carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and Maikel Franco drove in five runs to lift the visiting Kansas City Royals to an 11-1 romp over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Making his ninth career start, Singer (2-4) saw his no-hit bid halted after Austin Hedges slapped a single to right field with two outs in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander quickly settled himself and fanned Delino DeShields for his eighth strikeout over eight scoreless innings.

The strong performance for Singer was in stark contrast to his previous four starts, during which he posted an 0-3 record and allowed 15 runs on 25 hits with four homers.

Franco joined Adalberto Mondesi in belting a three-run homer and matched Whit Merrifield with three hits for the Royals (17-28), who have won three in a row following a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Edward Olivares, who was acquired from San Diego in the Trevor Rosenthal deal on Aug. 29, extended his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out single in the fourth inning. The 24-year-old Olivares then gave Kansas City a 4-0 lead in the sixth after depositing a first-pitch slider from Aaron Civale (3-5) over the wall in left-center field for his third homer of the season.

Franco capped his scintillating performance in the seventh inning by sending a 3-1 cutter from Dominic Leone over the wall into the bleacher seats in left field. The three-run blast was Franco's seventh homer of the season and first since Aug. 29.

Mike Freeman had an RBI single off Matt Harvey in the ninth inning to avert a second straight shutout for the Indians (26-18).

Kansas City opened the scoring with a two-out rally in the third inning.

Merrifield singled off Civale and advanced to second on a walk by Mondesi before coming around to score on Hunter Dozier's base hit to right field. A double steal put Mondesi and Dozier in scoring position and Franco brought them both home after slapping a single to left field.

Merrifield had an RBI single in the eighth inning to push the Royals' lead to 8-0. Mondesi extended his hitting streak to seven games by launching his second homer of the season.

--Field Level Media

The Cleveland Indians' offense is struggling. After saying goodbye to stars Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana in the offseason, the Indians are 14th in runs scored in the American League in the young this season, and 12th in batting average.

Their pitching, however, has been solid as the Indians prepare to host the finale of their two-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians, who lost the first game of the series Monday, 3-0, are seventh in the league in earned-run average and fifth in opponents' batting average. The rotation, long a strength for Cleveland, remains so.

Shane Bieber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, took the loss in Cleveland's opening-day defeat in Detroit. But the 25-year-old right-hander still joined elite company by becoming one of just four pitchers to strike out at least 12 batters in multiple opening-day starts. The other three are Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson.

The temperature in Detroit on Opening Day was near freezing, with 15 mph winds and occasional bursts of heavy snow. Bieber allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. Two runs came on a home run by Miguel Cabrera that disappeared into the snowfall.

"It was pretty typical Bieber," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after his pitcher's start against the Tigers. "A lot of strikeouts, really sharp. Threw some really good breaking balls. I thought he looked a lot like Bieber.

"The home run, I never even saw the ball. It was getting to the point where the umpires were kind of trying to figure out do we keep going or not."

Bieber is 4-0 in seven starts against the Royals in his career, with a 3.70 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.

The Royals' starter for Wednesday had not been announced Tuesday afternoon, though it appears likely to be "bullpen day." The first to get the ball could be Carlos Hernandez, who picked up the win in relief on Opening Day, or Kris Bubic, who would need to be moved onto the active roster.

The Royals also have right-hander Ervin Santana on their taxi squad for the road trip. A 15-year veteran, Santana has starting experience and had stretched to as many as three innings by the end of spring training.

Danny Duffy's outstanding starting performance against the Indians on Monday -- when he gave up only two hits over six scoreless innings -- was the first good outing by the Kansas City rotation. That made Royals manager Mike Matheny's job a little easier, as Scott Barlow pitched two perfect innings and Jesse Hahn picked up his first save.

"I don't think it was as much our bullpen being beat up as it was we need our starters to lead this staff," Matheny said. "And part of that is to continue to take the ball deep into games. Danny was fantastic.

"It's really hard to guess along when he had a couple good pitches that he could go to any time for strikes. It was as good as I've seen Danny, and as good of a time for us as any to have a start like that."

--Field Level Media

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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636- 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Cleveland Indians

  • Billy Hamilton

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Hamilton has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with left hamstring tightness, and it is projected that he will not be available until late April.

Kansas City Royals

  • Jesse Hahn

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hahn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement syndrome, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Late April | 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 end of April.

  • Josh Staumont

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Staumont is on the 10-day injured list with an unknown injury, and there is no timetable for return.