The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 8. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Guardians and the Kansas City Royals. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win. This game will start at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.
Cleveland has earned a record of 40-40 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the AL Central. The Guardians have lost four games in a row and are 3-7 throughout their last 10 games. Cleveland is three games back on a wild card spot and four and a half games back on the division. The Guardians will look for a big win on the road in this one.
The Royals have put up a record of 30-51 so far on the season, which has them in fifth place of the AL Central. Kansas City is coming off a loss in their last game, but are 4-6 in their last 10 matchups. The Royals have fallen out of the playoff race, but will look for a win in this one. Kansas City will look to step up early at home.
These two teams have been struggling a bit on the season, but will look for a huge win on Friday. The Guardians will look to step up early in this one to end this extended losing streak. Kansas City will look to step up early at home as they look to move up in the standings. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Cleveland Guardians||+1 ½ (-200)||+108||Over 8 ½ (-110)|
|Kansas City Royals||-1 ½ (+170)||-130||Under 8 ½ (-110)|
|Team Data||Cleveland Guardians||Kansas City Royals|
|Away/ Home Record||20-23||14-25|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.242||.243|
|ERA Away/ Home||4.22||4.83|
- 1-6 in July games
- 5-4 when playing on a Friday
- 17-15 against divisional opponents
- 21-20 in night games
- 24-27 against right handers
- 15-21 after a loss
- 6-8 after three or more straight losses
- 17-12 against team with a losing record
Kansas City Royals
- 3-4 in July
- 5-6 when playing on Friday
- 13-18 against division rivals
- 17-28 in night games
- 19-37 against right handed starters
- 20-32 after a loss
These two teams have met up seven times throughout this season. The first four games were in Kansas City to open up the season. The Royals won the first two games of that set, but Cleveland bounced back with two wins of their own. The Guardians then swept the second three game set in Cleveland. The Guardians have outscored Kansas City 47-20 in the season series so far.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) July 6, 2022
The Guardians have been solid hitting the ball on the season. Cleveland has a batting average of .243, which is 13th in the league. The Guardians have posted a .307 on base percentage, which is 19th in the MLB. Cleveland has earned an OPS of .684, which is 23rd in the league. The Guardians have hit .252 against righties this season.
Kansas City has put up similar numbers at the plate this season. The Royals have a .240 batting average, which is 18th in the MLB. Kansas City has put up an OBP of .307, which is 19th in the league. The Royals have earned a .685 OPS, which is 22nd in the MLB. Kansas City has a BA of .240 against right handers.
Cleveland has been a bit better hitting the ball this season and will look to get the edge early in this one. The Royals have the better slugging percentage this season and will look to go deep a couple of times in this one. If either team can hit the ball well early, it could be enough to lead them to the win on Friday night.
I expect Aaron Civale to get the start at pitcher for Cleveland in this one. Civale has earned a record of 2-5 throughout his 10 starts on the season. He has posted a 7.04 ERA and a WHIP of 1.543 in those games. Civale pitched six innings in his last start against the New York Yankees. He gave up five hits and four runs in the losing effort.
Brady Singer will likely get the nod on the mound for the Royals on Friday night. Singer has appeared in 12 games, going 3-3 this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.30 and a 1.210 WHIP in those outings. Singer’s last start was against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up six hits and two runs through four and two thirds innings in the no decision.
These two pitchers have been solid throughout this season and will look for a quick start in this one. Civale has lost his last two starts, while Singer has lost two of his last three. Cleveland has the edge in the bullpen in this one. The Guardians relievers have a 3.79 ERA, which is 16th in the MLB. Kansas City’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.73, which is 28th in the league.
The Guardians have struggled as of late, losing four in a row, but will look to get back on track against their division rival. Cleveland has dominated the last five games against the Royals and will look to keep it going. If the Guardians can chase Singer early in this one, they could pull away with a win on the road.
Bovada has Kansas City listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Royals will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling a bit on the season. Cleveland has been the better team and will look to step up early. As underdogs, I like the value on the Guardians to start this set with a win.