Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Guardians October 4 Betting Preview

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Guardians October 4 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
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Cleveland Guardians catcher Bo Naylor receives ball from umpire during game vs. Kansas City Royals

After dropping an extra-inning affair to the Kansas City Royals (65-95) on Monday, the Cleveland Guardians (90-70) will look to bounce back on Tuesday in the fifth of a six-game series. This game will be played at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

Scoring three in the top of the tenth, the Royals took Monday’s game 5-2. Taylor Clarke picked up the win in relief while Drew Waters hit his fifth home run of the season.

For Cleveland, Triston McKenzie was excellent, pitching five innings and allowing just one run. Kirk McCarty took the loss after giving up three runs in two innings. Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan had two hits apiece, but it wasn’t enough to pick up the win.

The Guardians are the favorites Tuesday night. They are (-179) to win, while the Royals’ moneyline sits at (+159). The runline features Kansas City +1.5 (-146), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.

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Royals Look To End Season On Strong Note

While the Kansas City Royals’ season will end after Wednesday’s finale, they would still like to finish the season out strong with a series win over the Guardians. A win on Tuesday would at least secure a split.

Taking the mound for the Royals will be lefty Daniel Lynch. In 26 games, the 25-year-old is 4-12 with a 4.96 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and he has 120 strikeouts in 127 innings.

In his last three starts, he is 0-2. In that span, he has allowed six earned runs on 16 hits over 15 innings of work.

Keep an eye on Salvador Perez in this one. In 14 career at-bats versus the Guardians’ Cal Quantrill, the veteran catcher is hitting .286 with a home run and four runs batted in. Hunter Dozier has also homered off the righty.

Quantrill Looks To Stay Sharp Ahead Of Postseason

While the Guardians’ standings in the postseason won’t be affected by their outcomes over the next two games, the team is still looking to stay hot as the postseason approaches. Cal Quantrill will try to continue his quietly solid season in his final start before the playoffs.

In 31 games this season, he is 14-5 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and he has 124 strikeouts in 181.1 innings.

In his last three starts, he has given up just five earned runs in 17.1 innings. During that stretch, he gave up 17 hits, struck out 10, and went 2-0 overall.

Against southpaws, this season, Jose Ramirez has been one of the Guardians’ strongest hitters. In 153 at bats versus lefties, he is hitting .235/.316/.412 with a team-high six home runs and 26 runs batted in.

Guardians Favored At Home

The Guardians come in as the favorites to win Tuesday night’s contest at home. This year, at Progressive Field, they have gone 44-35.

Cleveland has gone 11-3 in their last 14 games overall and have gone 12-4 in their last 16 against AL Central opponents.

On the flip side, the Royals are 5-10 in their last 15 against the Guardians and just 2-5 in their last seven overall.

Still, Kansas City has shown they can be a pesky team, but if Cal Quantrill can limit the damage, the Guardians should have a good chance of picking up the win in their 161st game.

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