Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Guardians: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 5, 2024

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Jun 5, 2024 6:13 AM
The Kansas City Royals travel to Progressive Field to take on the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 6:40 PM. The Guardians, who lead the series 1-0, are looking to build on their impressive home record of 21-7, while the Royals will aim to improve their 14-16 road record. Expect a thrilling matchup as these AL Central rivals clash.
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Royals vs Guardians starting pitchers

  • Nick Sandlin for Cleveland Guardians
  • Brady Singer for Kansas City Royals

Royals vs Guardians statistics

Stat Royals Guardians
Hits 523 (7th) 472 (20th)
Batting Average .253 (7th) .238 (16th)
Runs Batted In 292 (4th) 281 (7th)
Runs 302 (6th) 306 (Tied-2nd)
Home Runs 64 (Tied-13th) 66 (Tied-9th)
Walks 172 (25th) 188 (Tied-17th)
Stolen Bases 58 (6th) 57 (7th)
Strikeouts 436 (28th) 447 (Tied-26th)
Pitches 8739 (21st) 8531 (27th)

Cleveland Guardians recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/4/24 vs Kansas City Royals W 8-5
6/2/24 vs Washington Nationals L 5-2
6/1/24 vs Washington Nationals W 3-2
5/31/24 vs Washington Nationals W 7-1
5/29/24 @ Colorado Rockies L 7-4

Kansas City Royals recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/4/24 @ Cleveland Guardians L 8-5
6/2/24 vs San Diego Padres W 4-3
6/1/24 vs San Diego Padres L 7-3
5/31/24 vs San Diego Padres L 11-8
5/30/24 @ Minnesota Twins L 7-6

Royals vs Guardians predictions

The Kansas City Royals are gearing up for a high-energy clash against the Cleveland Guardians, and key players are anticipated to make significant impacts. For the Royals, keep your eyes on Bobby Witt Jr., whose stellar batting average of .319 and impressive tally of 11 home runs suggest he's in prime form to contribute heavily on the offensive front. Maikel Garcia, with his knack for getting on base and a solid .545 OBP in projections, should also provide some strategic advantages in setting up scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, Brady Singer, with a promising ERA of 2.63, is likely to continue his trend of limiting opponent scoring if he can maintain control from the mound as expected.

On the flip side, the Cleveland Guardians have their own set of trump cards. Jose Ramirez has been a consistent performer this season, batting at .272 and leading his team with 16 home runs. His ability to drive in runs, currently sitting at 58 RBIs, will undoubtedly be crucial for Cleveland's offensive strategy. Nick Sandlin, stepping up as the starting pitcher with an impressive WHIP of 0.77, is expected to keep the Royals' hitters in check, leveraging his strength of allowing remarkably few base runners per inning pitched.

Rolling into this matchup, expectations are high, and the competition looks tight. The Guardians, playing at Progressive Field with a robust home record of 21-7, might have the edge with the home advantage and their solid pitcher lineup, leading to possibly limiting the Royals' usually dynamic offense. However, baseball is unpredictable, and the Royals have shown resilience on the road. It’s going to be down to which team can capitalize on their opportunities and manage the pressure. Personally, leaning a bit towards a Guardians win here, considering their form and home record, but expect a close contest. What's your take on this? Who are you betting on to handle the pressure better?

Cleveland Guardians injuries

  • Chase DeLauter (RF): Day-To-Day
  • Joey Cantillo (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Franco Aleman (RP): Day-To-Day
  • James Karinchak (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Gavin Williams (SP): 60-Day-IL

Kansas City Royals injuries

  • Michael Massey (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Andrew Hoffmann (P): Day-To-Day
  • Kyle Isbel (CF): Day-To-Day
  • Kris Bubic (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Cayden Wallace (3B): Day-To-Day

Royals vs Guardians game info

Venue Progressive Field
Location Cleveland, Ohio
First pitch Wed 6:40 PM
Temperature 73°
Chance of Rain 20%

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