Kansas City plays Cleveland after Keller’s strong outing
Kansas City, Kansas; Thursday, 8:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Adam Plutko (3-2, 4.81 ERA) Royals: Mike Montgomery (1-3, 6.83 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Brad Keller. Keller threw seven innings, surrendering zero runs on four hits with three strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Royals are 21-28 against teams from the AL Central. The Kansas City offense has compiled a .248 batting average as a team this season, Whit Merrifield leads the team with a mark of .306.
The Indians are 28-18 against AL Central Division opponents. The Cleveland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.84. Shane Bieber leads the team with a 3.44 earned run average.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jorge Soler leads the Royals with 71 RBIs and is batting .245. Hunter Dozier is 13-for-36 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 7-3, .275 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs
Indians: 8-2, .289 batting average, 2.58 ERA, outscored opponents by 30 runs
Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jefry Rodriguez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Dan Otero: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Kluber: 60-day IL (arm), Carlos Carrasco: 10-day IL (leukemia), Cody Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder).