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    The Kansas City Royals are road underdogs (+185) against the Cleveland Guardians (-225) in the first game of the season at Progressive Field on Sunday. First pitch is at 1:40 PM ET. Shane Bieber starts for Cleveland while Kansas City will counter with Max Castillo.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Guardians vs. Royals

    • Game Day: Sunday, October 2, 2022
    • Game Time: 1:40 PM ET
    • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    • Stadium: Progressive Field
    Guardians vs Royals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Guardians -225 7

    Guardians Stats & Trends

    Guardians Batting

    • The Guardians ranked 12th in baseball with 203 home runs last season. They averaged one per game.
    • The Guardians had the 21st-ranked batting average in the majors (.238).
    • Last season the Guardians scored the 18th-most runs in baseball (717 total, 4.4 per game).
    • The team struck out 8.6 times per game, the No. 12 mark in baseball.
    • The Guardians averaged 1.3 homers per home game last season (102 total at home).
    • The Guardians averaged 2.8 extra-base hits per game while slugging .411 in home contests.
    • The team batted .238 with 612 hits (7.6 per game) at home last season.

    Guardians Key Batters

    • Jose Ramirez had 147 hits and an OBP of .355 last season.
    • Myles Straw slashed .271/.349/.348 and finished with an OPS of .697.
    • Last season, Amed Rosario finished with a slugging percentage of .409, fueled by 42 extra-base hits.
    • Josh Naylor slashed .253/.301/.399 and finished with an OPS of .700.

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals’ 163 home runs ranked 27th in MLB last season.
    • The Royals’ .249 batting average was among the best in baseball, ranking sixth in MLB.
    • The Royals scored 686 runs (4.2 per game) last season, which ranked 24th in MLB.
    • The Royals ranked third in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 7.8 whiffs per contest.
    • They hit 87 homers, an average of 1.1 per game, in 81 road contests last season.
    • They slugged .382 in 81 road games last season.
    • They averaged eight base hits per game and had a .236 batting average on the road last season.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Salvador Perez accumulated a slugging percentage of .544 with 169 hits a season ago.
    • Nicky Lopez had a .365 on-base percentage and batted .300.
    • Hunter Dozier hit .216 with 27 doubles, six triples, 16 home runs and 43 walks a season ago.
    • Michael A. Taylor hit .244 with 16 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs and 33 walks.

    Guardians vs. Royals Probable Pitchers

    Bieber Castillo
    30 GS 5
    12-8 W-L 0-1
    2.91 ERA 4.98
    195.0 IP 34.1
    35 BB 13
    195 SO 32

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