June 24, 2024

Royals shoots for another fast start vs Guardians

It is difficult to think of the low royal as an attacking baseball team, but when Kansas City comes out hot and hit, the club finds a way to success

Despite owning the second-worst record in the majors, the royal 22-5 on the season and they lead after six innings. That trend continued on Monday when they jumped to an early advantage against the hosts Guardians of Cleveland and held on for a 5-3 win

“I think everywhere we go, when we start early, we have a lot of opportunities, a chance to win the game,” said Salvador Perez, Kansas City’s eight-time All-Star catcher. “Hopefully we can continue to do that (Tuesday).”

In Monday’s three-game series opener, royal Leadoff man Maikel Garcia and cleanup hitter Perez both homered and No. 2 batter Bobby Witt Jr. 2-for-4 with a run

“Production is a bonus, no matter where we get it,” Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said. “Those guys, we need them near the top of the order because we feel they have the opportunity to be the most productive guys. Guys go through streaks, but hopefully we can keep them all productive going forward.”

Cleveland manager Terry Francona is always wary of an ambush when facing the royal

“They’re ultra-aggressive early, and that’s typical of that team,” Francona said. “They swing the bats early, they’re hitting the ball or fouling the ball, and your pitcher’s pitch count goes up. And for us, we have a hard time keeping the lineup moving. I wish it wasn’t like that, but that’s just the way it is.”

Tuesday’s starting pitchers — 39-year-old Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke and Cleveland’s Aaron Civale, a five-year veteran — have plenty of career experience against their opponents.

Civale (3-2, 2.71 ERA) won the royal 3-0 on July 7 in Cleveland, throwing seven two-hit innings with nine strikeouts and no walks

In his career, Civale is 3-1 in eight starts against Kansas City with a 3.50 ERA over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 44 against nine walks. However, he has allowed eight career homers for the royal

Greinke (1-10, 5.40) has logged a 12-9 record and 3.40 ERA against the Cleveland franchise in 36 games (31 starts) during his 20-year career. He has 152 strikeouts in 188 innings vs. Cleveland — but many of those were in better times for the veteran hurler.

On June 29 in Kansas City, Greinke got a no-decision after giving up 11 hits and two runs in six innings against the Guardians in the game royal They won 4-3 out of 10. It was a typical late-in-life Greinke contest, who allowed plenty of soft contact and recorded seven strikeouts on ground balls and eight on fly balls.

Greinke also showed his defensive skills and veteran savvy (he has won six Gold Glove awards) in the fifth inning of that game covering third base to tag out Josh Bell after all. royal the fielders had gone into shallow left field to chase a bloop single by Andres Gimenez

“I think there were three extra bases, which helped,” said Greinke, who also picked off a runner in the game. “They win a lot of games doing that (being aggressive), and it worked out well for us today.”

–Field Level Media

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