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    The Cleveland Guardians (45-44) are favored (-242) as they look to finish off a sweep of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (25-65, +193). The series finale begins at 1:40 PM ET on Sunday. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber starts against Kansas City’s Ryan Yarbrough.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Guardians vs. Royals

    • Game Day: Sunday, July 9, 2023
    • Game Time: 1:40 PM ET
    • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    • Stadium: Progressive Field
    Guardians vs Royals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Guardians -242 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Guardians vs. the Royals?

    • TV Channel: BSGL

    Guardians Stats & Trends

    Guardians Batting

    • The Guardians have hit the fewest home runs in MLB action this season (60).
    • Cleveland’s .250 batting average ranks 15th in MLB.
    • The Guardians’ .314 on-base percentage is 22nd in baseball.
    • Cleveland strikes out 7.1 times per game, the second-fewest average in the majors.
    • The Guardians average 0.6 homers per home game this season (28 total at home).
    • Cleveland has a .385 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.0 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The team averages 8.3 hits per game and is batting .251 at home this season.

    Guardians Key Batters

    • Jose Ramirez leads Cleveland with 95 hits and an OBP of .362, plus a team-best slugging percentage of .506. He’s batting .286.
    • Among qualifying hitters in baseball, he is 19th in batting average, 28th in on-base percentage, and 17th in slugging.
    • Ramirez will look for his fifth straight game with a hit in this contest. In his last five games he is hitting .278 with two doubles, a home run, four walks and an RBI.
    • Steven Kwan is hitting .266 with 21 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 39 walks. He’s slugging .353 with an on-base percentage of .339.
    • He is 54th in batting average, 59th in on-base percentage and 139th in slugging among qualified hitters.
    • Josh Naylor has collected 90 base hits, an OBP of .348 and a slugging percentage of .488 this season.
    • Naylor heads into this game with three games in a row with at least one hit. In his last five games he is batting .500 with a double, a home run, a walk and six RBI.
    • Andres Gimenez has been key for Cleveland with 73 hits, an OBP of .315 plus a slugging percentage of .381.

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals’ 77 home runs rank 28th in MLB this season.
    • Kansas City has a team batting average of just .231 this season, which ranks 27th among MLB teams.
    • The Royals are among the worst in the league at getting on base, ranking last with an OBP of .294.
    • Kansas City ranks 25th in strikeouts per game (9.1) among MLB offenses.
    • In 46 games on the road this season, they’ve hit 37 homers, an average of 0.8 per contest.
    • Kansas City has a team slugging percentage of .356 in away games this season with 120 extra-base hits.
    • In away games this season, they’re batting .223 with 7.5 base hits per contest.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Bobby Witt Jr. has 92 hits with a .298 on-base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage, all club-highs for the Royals. He’s batting .256.
    • Including all the qualifying hitters in the big leagues, he ranks 79th in batting average, 130th in on-base percentage and 65th in slugging percentage.
    • Witt Jr. brings a three-game hitting streak into this game. In his last five games he is batting .333 with a double, a triple, two home runs, a walk and four RBI.
    • Salvador Perez is hitting .245 with 14 doubles, 15 home runs and 12 walks. He’s slugging .435 with an on-base percentage of .286.
    • Including all qualifying hitters, he ranks 102nd in batting average, 141st in on-base percentage and 72nd in slugging percentage.
    • Edward Olivares has 12 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 13 walks while batting .242.
    • Maikel Garcia has 11 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 19 walks while hitting .285.

    Guardians vs. Royals Probable Pitchers

    Shane Bieber (CLE) Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (KC)
    5 – 5 W/L 1 – 4
    110.2 IP 26.1
    3.66 ERA 6.15
    1.238 WHIP 1.291
    7.2 K/9 4.8
    2.7 BB/9 2.4

    Guardians vs. Royals Injury Updates

    • Guardians: Cal Quantrill: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Peyton Battenfield: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Triston McKenzie: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Royals: Brad Keller: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Zack Greinke: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Staumont: 15 Day IL (Neck), Josh Taylor: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Ryan Yarbrough: 60 Day IL (Head), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Vinnie Pasquantino: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Zerpa: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Matt Beaty: 7 Day IL (Concussion), Edward Olivares: day-to-day (Back)

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