The Guardians face the Royals with a chance to spread their wings

cleveland patron Faltering To Three Games Under .500, But Now’s The Time To Step Up

Guardians open a three-game road series in Kansas City on Tuesday night and the contest is the first of seven games against low-level Royal Family In the last 13 games before the All-Star break

The gift from the schedule makers comes as Kansas City has lost 18 of its last 23 games despite a four-game split of a road series against the American League-best Tampa Bay Rays.

Royal Family Has an astonishing 34 games under .500 and has the second worst record in the majors, ahead of only the Oakland Athletics

Kansas City has not won a series in 11 attempts since taking two out of three tries from the San Diego Padres in mid-May. He had one win against the Rays before allowing only four hits and striking out 17 times during a 3-1 loss on Sunday.

“We did some good things, but that doesn’t matter to me,” Royal Family manager Matt Quattroro said afterward. “Split or anything, you want to win every game. And when you don’t, it’s frustrating, no matter who you’re playing.

Cleveland is only two games out of first place in the less intimidating AL Central. The first-ranked Minnesota Twins were the only division team ranked above .500 entering Monday’s game.

Guardians They went on a four-game winning streak before losing two of three games to the visiting Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. Cleveland lost 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday after going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

he dropped Guardians 15-18 in one-run games – the most such losses in big matches

Highly regarded prospect Gavin Williams (0-0, 6.35 ERA) will make his second career start Guardians in the opener

The right-hander is Cleveland’s No. 1 prospect and 16th overall by MLB Pipeline. Williams was a first-round draft choice in the 2021 draft — the 23rd overall pick out of East Carolina — and has quickly moved up in the farm system.

He made his debut on Wednesday against the A’s and allowed four runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings without a decision. Oakland scored all four runs in the third inning with Ryan Noda’s three-run homer representing the big blow.

Guardians Right-hander Cal Quantrill, a 15-game winner last season, appears ready to rejoin the club after a stint on the injury list due to shoulder discomfort as Cleveland chalks out a pitching plan moving forward. working on. Quantrill pitched five shutout innings Sunday in a rehab outing at Double-A Akron.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters, “If you go to a six-man (rotation), you’re really shortening your bullpen.” “I can see us, like when we put Cal in, maybe trying to use it through a bar where you get an extra starter. But I don’t know if we can live with that. I Don’t know how we’re going to do it.”

Royal Family Will send right-hander Brady Singer (4-7, 6.34) to the mound.

The 26-year-old Singer has given up his last three starts and has an ERA of 5.94 during that span. He lost to the Detroit Tigers in his last outing when he gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Singer is 2–1 with a 4.88 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Cleveland. Jose Ramirez went 7 for 16, including two homers off Singer, while Steven Cowan was 5 for 10 and Miles Straw was 6 for 13. Josh Naylor (2 for 12) has a homer.

Naylor is batting .368 with two homers and 17 RBIs in June.

–Field Level Media