Royals vs. Guardians MLB Preview: Starting Lineups, Odds, Weather & Stats (6/4/24)

Written By Editorial Team on June 4, 2024 - Last Updated on June 6, 2024
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The Kansas City Royals are set to play against the Cleveland Guardians on June 4, at 6:40 PM EST at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. The Royals are currently slight underdogs in this game with +103 moneyline odds at some sportsbooks, while the Guardians enter as slight favorites with -116 odds. The game will be broadcast on BSKC. Weather forecast predicts broken clouds with a high of 81 degrees.

Royals vs. Guardians Pregame Odds For June 4

Heading into this showdown between the top two teams in the AL Central, the MLB betting odds are closely matched. Both teams have moneyline odds hovering around -105 to -120, indicating a tight contest expected by sportsbooks. The over/under for the game is consistently set at 8.0 runs across major Ohio sportsbooks, suggesting an average-to-low scoring game.

  • Bet365: Guardians -115, over/under 8.0
  • BetMGM: Guardians -115, Royals -105, over/under 8.0
  • FanDuel: Guardians -120, Royals +102, over/under 8.0
  • BetRivers: Guardians -136, over/under 8.0

Royals vs. Guardians Projected Starting Lineups

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 Nelson Velázquez (R)
  6. 2B Adam Frazier (L)
  7. LF MJ Melendez (L)
  8. RF Hunter Renfroe (R)
  9. CF Kyle Isbel (L)

Guardians starting lineup

  1. LF Steven Kwan (L)
  2. CF Tyler Freeman (R)
  3. 3B José Ramírez (S)
  4. 1B Josh Naylor (L)
  5. RF Will Brennan (L)
  6. 2B Andrés Giménez (L)
  7. DH Kyle Manzardo (L)
  8. C Bo Naylor (L)
  9. SS Brayan Rocchio (S)
(KC) Seth Lugo (R)9-11.721.0121.05.7
(CLE) Triston McKenzie (R)2-33.771.3821.313.4

Royals vs. Guardians Injuries for Tuesday

Kansas City Royals: 

  • Jordan Lyles (SP) on restricted list due to personal issue, out since 04/20.
  • Michael Wacha (SP) with left foot fracture, expected return in late-June.
  • Brady Singer (SP) illness, status questionable for next match.
  • Josh Taylor (RP) out with left biceps nerve injury, return expected in second half of 2024.
  • Kyle Wright (SP) out for 2024 season recovering from shoulder surgery.

Cleveland Guardians: 

  • Shane Bieber (SP) recovering from Tommy John surgery, out for 2024 season.
  • Trevor Stephan (RP) and Gavin Williams (SP) out with elbow issues.
  • James Karinchak (RP) battling right shoulder inflammation, on 60-day injured list.
  • Eli Morgan (RP) dealing with right elbow inflammation, placed on 15-day injured list.

Kansas City Royals Team Stats

The Kansas City Royals, with a record of 36-25, are positioned second in the AL Central. They exhibit a batting average of .252 and have secured 61 home runs and 57 stolen bases on the season. Their pitching staff has achieved an ERA of 3.57 with 475 strikeouts, indicating a strong defensive play. The Royals’ performance in their last ten games shows a 4-6 record, with a recent victory against the San Diego Padres where they allowed 3 runs on 10 hits.

  • Runs per game: 4.9
  • Team average: .252
  • Team home runs: 61
  • Team Stolen bases: 57
  • Team ERA: 3.57
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 475

Cleveland Guardians Team Stats

Leading the AL Central Division, the Cleveland Guardians hold a record of 39-20. They have 64 home runs and 57 stolen bases to go along with a .238 batting average. The Guardians’ pitching staff boasts an ERA of 3.47 and has accumulated 530 strikeouts this year, highlighting the team’s pitching strength. Over the last ten games, their record is 7-3, despite a recent loss to the Washington Nationals where they conceded 5 runs on 8 hits.

  • Runs per game: 5.1
  • Team average: .238
  • Team home runs: 64
  • Team Stolen bases: 57
  • Team ERA: 3.47
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 530

Player Stats for Royals vs. Guardians

In the upcoming matchup, Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals shows promising stats team-leading numbers in both batting average and home runs. On the Guardians side, José Ramírez stands out with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs. Recent moves, including Joey Cantillo’s reassignment to Triple-A Columbus, highlight the Guardians’ depth and potential adjustments as they push towards the playoffs.

Kansas City Royals Team Leaders

Salvador Perez leads the Royals with a notable batting average and home run count, making him a key player. Bobby Witt Jr.’s contribution is also critical, leading in RBIs and runs scored. Their performances are crucial for today’s game outcomes.

  • AVG Leader: Salvador Perez .315
  • HR Leader: Salvador Perez 10
  • RBI Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 42
  • Runs Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 52
  • SB Leader: Bobby Witt Jr. 17

Cleveland Guardians Team Leaders

José Ramírez is the standout player for the Guardians, leading in home runs, RBIs, and runs. His performance, alongside Andrés Giménez’s batting average, positions the Guardians strongly for the game, influencing MLB betting and odds.

  • AVG Leader: Andrés Giménez .276
  • HR Leader: José Ramírez 16
  • RBI Leader: José Ramírez 57
  • Runs Leader: José Ramírez 44
  • SB Leader: José Ramírez 9
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