Cleveland in action against Kansas City following Plesac's strong performance
Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Zach Plesac. Plesac pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts against Detroit.
The Indians are 16-14 against AL Central teams. The Cleveland pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.91, Trevor Bauer paces the staff with a mark of 3.85.
The Royals are 13-20 against opponents from the AL Central. Kansas City hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .306 this season, led by Hunter Dozier with a mark of .395. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 17 home runs and is slugging .541. Jason Kipnis is 13-for-38 with a double, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 8-2, .301 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 33 runs
Royals: 5-5, .246 batting average, 3.89 ERA, outscored opponents by nine 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), Mike Clevinger: 10-day IL (ankle), Carlos Carrasco: 10-day IL (undisclosed), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder).