Brady Singer (1-4, 5.58 ERA) vs. Aaron Civale (3-4, 3.63 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians will look to end a two-game slide against the Kansas City Royals after winning the first game, 5-2. The Royals were winners by a score of 8-6 and 3-0. The offense had it together on Tuesday, but the pitching was a dud with Triston McKenzie on the bump.
Last night the pitching was fine behind Carlos Carrasco, but the offense fell asleep and didn’t score a run. Kudos to Royals’ starter Danny Duffy for going 5.2 innings with just 4 hits and no runs allowed. Duffy can be a streaky pitcher, and he was certainly feeling it on the bump last night for the Royals.
The Indian have to realize that they’re in the midst of a divisional race right now. It might not feel like it because the schedule is short, but we’re down to just three weeks left in the regular season, if you can believe that. The Indians are in a tie with the Minnesota Twins for second in the American League Central.
They are a game behind the Chicago White Sox for the lead in the division. This is far from settled, and I still give the three of them an equal chance at winning the division. The White Sox woke up for a 8-1 win at PNC Park after blowing a 4-2 lead the night before. That was a bad loss for the White Sox, but unlike the Indians, they were able to find a response.
The Indians will try again on Thursday night at Progressive Field. The Royals have advanced to 16-28 on the season after beating the Tribe in back-to-back outings. They’re 11.5 games behind the White Sox, so it means nothing in the grand scheme of things. However, the Royals are at least battling and not giving up on the season.
Brady Singer is next up in the Royals’ rotation, and is scheduled to get the call on Thursday evening in Cleveland. The 24-year-old has been up and down in his rookie campaign. Expect better from him in the future, but he’s still getting a feel for major league hitting in 2020. Aaron Civale is expected to counter at home for the Indians. Head below for our free Kansas City Royal vs. Cleveland Indians pick for September 10, 2020.
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Brady Singer showed plenty of promise in the first two games of his career. He held the Indians and Tigers to 2 earned runs each. That’s when Singer began to feel a bit shaky and teams were picking up on his arm. After the hot start, Singer has allowed at least 3 earned runs in five out of his previous six outings.
In his last three tilts, he’s posted an ERA of 7.36 and 1.64 WHIP through 14.7 innings of work. After the Indians saw Singer earlier in the season, expect them to find this time a bit easier versus the rookie. His arm certainly doesn’t feel as fresh as it did back then in his major league debut.
Following a stagnant day for the offense, look for the Indians to get their bats going on Thursday night in Cleveland. If Aaron Civale pitches up to his potential in this one, then they might not need too many runs to win comfortably anyway.
Civale’s presence is one reason why the Indians felt comfortable trading Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres. If they weren’t confident in Civale, I don’t think Clevinger would have been going anywhere. Civale enters Thursday evening with an ERA of 3.63 and 1.13 WHIP through 52 innings.
The second-year hurler showed plenty of promise across ten starts last season. He recorded an ERA of 2.34 and 1.04 WHIP through ten games. Civale is coming off a productive performance versus the Brewers on September 5. The Brewers put up 2 runs across 5.2 innings on Civale. A similar effort should be sufficient enough versus the Royals in this one. I foresee a bounce-back spot for the Indians after struggling the last two days at home.