Cleveland Guardians vs. Kansas City Royals Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-19-2023

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There hasn't been a lot of impressive AL Central baseball this season, especially not on the offensive side of the ball. Regardless, the Cleveland Guardians (72-79) and Kansas City Royals (49-102) aren't done quite yet. They'll meet again on Tuesday night after the Royals rallied for a 6-4 win on Monday afternoon. So far, the Guardians are still ahead 7-4 in the season series. Kauffman Stadium is hosting this series, with game two's first pitch scheduled for 7:40 p.m. EDT. Here's how each team is lined up for round two.

With Minnesota's magic number down to five after Cleveland's early Monday loss, time is almost up for this club. They had a chance all year long but the offense, which is 27th in runs per game, could never get things going. Hitting the fewest homers in the majors is probably why, as Cleveland never fixed 2022's primary issue. They still seldom strike out, steal a lot of bases, and have a solid team batting average. However, the lack of power (or walks) is still burning them. At least they'll know what to address in the offseason again.

Pitching will never be an issue for the Guardians apparently. Young arms keep popping up and delivering for Cleveland whenever called upon. Rookie lefty Logan Allen is one of those young men, making his 24th career start (all this season) on Tuesday. Two of the first 23 came against the Royals, culminating in five runs allowed (four earned) across 10.2 innings. He has a 3.23 ERA on the road, including consecutive starts holding opposing teams to one run. The Guardians have a solid bullpen too, so they are capable of shutting down the Royals.

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