The Guardians chain 5 losses in a row against the Royals
Cleveland Guardians (68-64, first in AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (55-79, fourth in AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
LIKELY TO PITCH: Goaltenders: Triston McKenzie (9-11, 3.18 ERA, .97 WHIP, 149 strikeouts); Royals: Brady Singer (7-4, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 124 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK ROW: Guardians -132, Royals +111; over/under is 7 1/2 points
BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Guardians look to break their five-game slide with a win over the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City is 32-37 at home and 55-79 overall. Royals hitters have a collective .309 on-base percentage, 10th ranked percentage in the AL.
Cleveland is 35-34 on the road and 68-64 overall. The Guardians are 58-22 in games when recording at least eight hits.
Monday’s game is the 11th time these teams have faced each other this season. The Guardians have a 6-4 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Salvador Perez has 17 doubles, a triple and 19 home runs for the Royals. Nick Pratto is 11 for 37 with four doubles and four home runs over the last 10 games.
Jose Ramirez leads Cleveland with 26 home runs while hitting .535. Josh Naylor is 7 for 37 with one home run and five RBIs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 5-4, .284 batting average, 5.44 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs
Goaltenders: 2-8, .207 batting average, 3.07 ERA, outscored by 21 points
INJURIES: Royals: Zack Greinke: IL 15 days (forearm), Josh Staumont: IL 15 days (biceps), Vinnie Pasquantino: IL 10 days (shoulder), Taylor Clarke: IL 15 days (oblique), Edward Olivares: IL 60 days (quadriceps), Angel Zerpa: IL 60 days (knee), Jake Brentz: IL 60 days (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: IL 60 days (knee), Tyler Zuber: IL 60 days (shoulder)
Goalkeepers: Zach Plesac: IL 15 days (hand), Aaron Civale: IL 15 days (forearm), Anthony Gose: IL 60 days (tricep)