Kansas City takes 3-game slide into matchup with Cleveland
Kansas City, Kansas; Thursday, 1:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Zach Plesac (3-3, 3.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 32 strikeouts) Royals: Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.87 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 78 strikeouts)
LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.
The Royals are 14-24 against AL Central opponents. The Kansas City pitching staff averages 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings, Jakob Junis leads them with a mark of 8.3.
The Indians are 20-15 against AL Central Division teams.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 3-7, .259 batting average, 5.84 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
Indians: 7-3, .265 batting average, 4.65 ERA, outscored by eight 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 (undisclosed), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jake Bauers: day-to-day (left foot).