Brady Singer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians edged out the Kansas City Royals to hold them scoreless in a 2-0 win. Shane Bieber was fantastic for the Indians on Opening Day. He went 6 innings with 4 hits conceded and no earned runs. Bieber received Opening Day honors and returned the favor with a standout performance against the Royals.
Cleveland were not successful in defending the AL Central last season. The Twins were crowned the champions, while the Indians settled for second with a record of 93-69. Following the breakout season for the Twins, Cleveland aren’t getting the same level of respect that they usually get.
Even the Chicago White Sox are getting more accolades than the Indians going into this season. If Bieber can regularly pitch like he did on Friday, and Mike Clevinger holds up well too, then the Indians aren’t going to be a team to sleep on. It’s easier to say than executed, though. Bieber did his part on Opening Day and now it’s time for Clevinger to get his turn on Saturday.
If you’re expecting the Royals to get back to World Series form in 2020 you are going to be disappointed. The Royals had their fun with a championship in 2015, but now it’s back down to reality. It wasn’t impossible to retain all of the talent from that team, especially the bullpen, and they are back into a holding pattern in the AL Central.
The Royals are back to rebuild mode after what felt like rebuilding for 20 years in KC. Royals’ fans will gladly take the World Series that they won, though. Having to rebuild was worth it for a championship. We will get a look at a top-flight Royals’ prospect on Saturday.
Brady Singer is expected to get the starting nod for the Rays. He’s the No. 2 prospect in the Royals’ system and has looked good in spring and summer training. Clevinger is expected to counter for the Indians. Head below for our free Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians pick for July 25, 2020 in MLB.
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The Royals hope that they have a star on their hands with Brady Singer. As the No. 2 prospect in the Royals’ organization, a lot is expected out of Singer in his career with the Royals. Some pitchers take longer than others to develop, while others get it right out of the gate. In the minor leagues last season, Singer posted an ERA of 2.85 and 1.18 WHIP.
That was enough to get a good look at Singler in spring training and he came ready to play. The 23-year-old is getting the nod today as a result of positive coronavirus tests for Brad Keller and Jakob Junis. That leaves Singer with a glorious opportunity to make an impact as the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation before Keller and Junis return. The Indians do not have the most dangerous offense in the majors, so this is the perfect spot for him to get his feet wet a major league hurler.
Singer does get a tough matchup against Mike Clevinger, though. Clevinger is coming off a career-year in 2019. He recorded a career-high ERA of 2.71 and 1.06 WHIP. This was after Clevinger had a quality sophomore and junior season in 2017 and 2018. Clevinger posted ERA’s of 3.11 and 3.02 before improving even more last season. He looks to continue that trend and hit an even higher level in this shortened campaign.
The Royals should be a nice warm up performance for Clevinger. The Royals’ struggles last night against Bieber should carry over to Saturday versus Clevinger. They were 26th in the majors a season ago with 4.27 runs scored per game. Clevinger should dispose of them on Saturday with a quality outing. Don’t sleep on Singer, though, who is coming off a very good intrasquad game, where he gave up no runs across 4 innings of work. The UNDER at even money is good value.