current subscribers Register me
not a subscriber? See my options

current subscribers Register me
not a subscriber? See my options

already a subscriber? Register me
Subscribe now See my options
Major League Baseball
Preview
Kansas City at Cleveland
When: 12:10 PM ET, Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The rich keep getting richer when it comes to the Kansas City Royals, who continue to add pieces to a roster that already boasts the best record in the American League. The Royals made a deal to bring in super utilityman Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday but don’t expect to have him available when they go for a three-game sweep of the host Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

Zobrist, who joins Johnny Cueto as new additions to Kansas City in the last few days, is set to join the team on Thursday and take over left field, which has been missing All-Star Alex Gordon (groin) since before the break. "My reaction is I'm excited,” Zobrist told reporters. “Obviously, (the Royals) have played well and they already have a great club, and then they have the addition of Johnny Cueto, there should be a lot more wins coming. I'm super excited about this.” The Indians don’t have much to be excited about and suffered their sixth straight loss – all at home – on Eric Hosmer’s ninth-inning homer Tuesday to fall to 19-32 in their own park. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will try to end the slide when he goes up against Kansas City veteran Jeremy Guthrie on Wednesday.

TV:
12:10 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City, STO (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie (7-6, 5.35 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (5-11, 3.59)

Guthrie is trying to hold onto his spot in the rotation following the acquisition of Cueto and was rocked for four runs on 11 hits over seven innings in a loss to Houston on Friday. The Stanford product held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in eight of his previous nine outings. Guthrie yielded one run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no decision against Cleveland on June 2.

Kluber had a run of five straight quality starts come to an end when he was knocked around for six runs and eight hits in seven innings during a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The 29-year-old has received a total of six runs of support in his last six losses. Kluber struck out nine over eight innings at Kansas City on June 3 but was charged with four runs in a game the Indians went on to lose 4-2.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Royals sent out minor-league pitching prospects Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks in the Zobrist deal.

2. Cleveland 2B Jason Kipnis is 6-for-8 in the series after going 1-for-12 in his previous three games.

3. Hosmer is 6-for-9 with two homers, six RBIs and four runs scored in the first two games of the series.

PREDICTION: Royals 5, Indians 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Kansas City 60-38 W3 34-18 26-20 9-7 25-15 15-10 11-6
Cleveland 45-53 L5 19-31 26-22 8-9 14-27 13-10 10-7
Last Meeting
Kansas City Cleveland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/27/15 KC 9 CLE 4 .297 2 .925 .265 2 .800
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Kansas City E. Hosmer .390 16 1.237
Cleveland B. Moss .297 11 1.009
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Kansas City E. Hosmer 4 10 17
Cleveland B. Moss 4 6 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
Kansas City 4.60 .271 56
Cleveland 5.27 .234 79
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Kansas City L. Cain .313 105 .872
Cleveland J. Kipnis .326 125 .881
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Kansas City S. Perez 15 31 42
Cleveland B. Moss 15 35 48
Pitching ERA Avg K
Kansas City 3.45 .274 668
Cleveland 4.00 .248 890