Guardians vs Royals Picks and Prediction – 9/19/2023

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Last Updated: 09/19/2023 at 10:28 AM ET

Cleveland Guardians at Kansas City Royals 09/19/23 - MLB Picks & Predictions
Game Start: 9/19/2023, 11:40 PM UTC
Latest Odds: CLE -160; O/U 9

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Guardians play the second game of a three-game series on the road versus the Kansas City Royals. Cleveland improved to 72-78 following its 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday completing a sweep of its three-game series with Texas. Cleveland trails first place in the American League Central by seven games and is 10 ½ games behind the third and final AL wildcard qualifying spot. Make sure you stay up to date with all the MLB action with our MLB Picks.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez is batting .278 to lead Cleveland and has team highs in home runs with 24 and on-base percentage at .352. First baseman Josh Naylor is the leader in RBI with 91 and left fielder Steven Kwan is the leader in hits with 163. On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians will send Logan Allen to the mound. The left-hander is 7-7 with a 3.60 ERA and 118 Ks.

The Kansas City Royals dropped to 48-102 following their 7-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the Royals. Kansas City is last in the American League Central, 31 games behind first place and the Royals have been eliminated from postseason contention.

Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr is batting .278 with 29 home runs, 90 RBIs and 165 hits to lead Kansas City in each category. Third baseman Maikel Garcia is the leader in on-base percentage at .324. Kansas City has a team batting average of .243 and slugging percentage of .396. Kansas City has not announced its starting pitcher for Tuesday’s second game of a three-game series versus Cleveland.

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Cleveland is battling for its postseason life and is likely to come up short, but the Guardians have won four of the last five overall and nine of the last 12 when playing head-to-head versus Kansas City. The Royals have lost 10 of their last 15 played at home. Cleveland starting pitcher Logan Allen has had two consecutive strong outings allowing two runs across 10 innings. Final Score Prediction, Cleveland Guardians win 5-2.

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