Guardians vs. Royals MLB Game Preview (6/28/24): Odds, Starting Lineups & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on June 28, 2024
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The Cleveland Guardians are set to play against the Kansas City Royals on June 28, at 8:10 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The game will be broadcast on BSGL. Guardians odds stand at -119, while Royals odds are at 101, marking this MLB game as one to watch. Both teams, members of the AL Central division, are looking to secure a win in this anticipated matchup.

Guardians vs. Royals pregame odds

For MLB fans and bettors looking at the Cleveland Guardians and Kansas City Royals matchup at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, the odds present varied opportunities at Ohio sportsbooks. The Guardians are favored across DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM with Guardians odds slightly leaning negative, indicating their favoritism to win. The over/under across the board is set at 9.5, suggesting expectations for a higher scoring game.

  • Bet365: Guardians -115, Royals -105, over/under 9.5
  • BetMGM: Guardians -125, Royals odds +105, over/under 9.5
  • Caesars: Guardians -120, Royals odds +100, over/under 9.5
  • BetRivers: Guardians -120, Royals odds +102, over/under 9.5

MLB odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Guardians vs Royals.

Guardians vs. Royals projected starting lineups

Guardians starting lineup

  1. DH Steven Kwan (L)
  2. 2B Andrés Giménez (L)
  3. 3B José Ramírez (S)
  4. 1B Josh Naylor (L)
  5. LF David Fry (R)
  6. RF Daniel Schneemann (L)
  7. CF Tyler Freeman (R)
  8. SS Brayan Rocchio (S)
  9. C Bo Naylor (L)

Royals starting lineup

  1. 3B Maikel Garcia (R)
  2. SS Bobby Witt Jr. (R)
  3. 1B Vinnie Pasquantino (L)
  4. C Salvador Perez (R)
  5. DH Michael Massey (L)
  6. 2B Nick Loftin (R)
  7. LF MJ Melendez (L)
  8. RF Dairon Blanco (R)
  9. CF Kyle Isbel (L)

Guardians vs Royals probable starting pitchers

(CLE) Triston McKenzie (R)3-44.661.5021.814.1
(KC) Alec Marsh (R)5-54.401.2221.87.3

Guardians vs Royals injuries

Guardians: Shane Bieber (SP) and Trevor Stephan (RP) are out for the season with elbow injuries, impacting the Guardians’ pitching depth. James Karinchak (RP) out with shoulder inflammation, and Eli Morgan (RP) expected back early July from elbow inflammation. Matthew Boyd (SP) is questionable, recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Royals: Kyle Wright (SP) out for the season with shoulder surgery. Josh Taylor (RP) expected to miss the first half of the 2024 season with a biceps nerve injury. Adam Frazier (2B) and Dan Altavilla (RP) are on the injured list but expected to return in early and late July, respectively.

Projected lineups, pitchers and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Cleveland Guardians Team Stats

The Cleveland Guardians, leading the AL Central division with a robust record of 51-28, are set to enhance their standing. Their recent performance shows a slight dip, with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games, including a recent loss to KC. Key season stats for bettors and fans focusing on MLB odds are:

  • Runs per game: 5.0
  • Team average: .245
  • Team home runs: 92
  • Team Stolen bases: 71
  • Team ERA: 3.50
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 704

Kansas City Royals Team Stats

Challenging the Guardians at Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals hold a promising position with 45-38, ranking third in the AL Central. The Royals have a mixed form, with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games, but they come off a win against Miami. Kansas City’s season performance is crucial for MLB odds:

  • Runs per game: 4.5
  • Team average: .243
  • Team home runs: 79
  • Team Stolen bases: 73
  • Team ERA: 3.77
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 653

Player Stats for Guardians vs. Royals

The Cleveland Guardians and Kansas City Royals are set to face off at Kauffman Stadium, bringing notable players into the spotlight. José Ramírez leads the Guardians with a .278 batting average, 21 home runs, and 72 RBIs, making Cleveland’s MLB odds favorably impacted by his performance. On the Royals’ side, Bobby Witt Jr. stands out with a .310 batting average, 53 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases, enhancing the Royals odds for MLB bettors. Recent team news includes Matthew Boyd signing with the Guardians, potentially affecting their pitching depth and MLB odds positively.

Guardians Top Performers

José Ramírez is a crucial player for the Guardians, leading in multiple categories. His recent performances and the addition of Matthew Boyd to the pitching roster could provide a significant edge in their upcoming game against the Royals.

  • AVG Leader: José Ramírez .278
  • HR Leader: José Ramírez 21
  • RBI Leader: José Ramírez 72
  • Runs Leader: José Ramírez 61
  • SB Leader: José Ramírez 15

Royals Top Performers

Bobby Witt Jr. is a standout for the Royals, impacting the team’s MLB odds significantly with his batting average, RBIs, and stolen bases. His performance, along with the team’s recent developments, could influence the game’s outcome.

  • AVG Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. .310
  • HR Leader: Salvador Perez 12
  • RBI Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 53
  • Runs Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 61
  • SB Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 21
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