Guardians bring 2-1 series lead over Royals into game 4

October 3, 2022 GMT

Kansas City Royals (64-94, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Guardians (90-69, first in the AL Central)

Cleveland; Monday, 6:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Zack Greinke (4-9, 3.98 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 72 strikeouts); Guardians: Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.99 ERA, .96 WHIP, 186 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Guardians -187, Royals +157; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Guardians face the Kansas City Royals, leading the series 2-1.

Cleveland has a 44-34 record in home games and a 90-69 record overall. Guardians pitchers have a collective 3.48 ERA, which ranks sixth in MLB play.

Kansas City is 25-52 in road games and 64-94 overall. The Royals have the sixth-ranked team batting average in the AL at .246.

The matchup Monday is the 17th time these teams meet this season. The Guardians have a 10-6 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Ramirez leads the Guardians with 76 extra base hits (42 doubles, five triples and 29 home runs). Oscar Gonzalez is 12-for-41 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over the last 10 games.

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Bobby Witt Jr. has 31 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 80 RBI for the Royals. Drew Waters is 9-for-25 with a double, a triple, three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Guardians: 8-2, .247 batting average, 2.52 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs

Royals: 4-6, .281 batting average, 5.02 ERA, outscored by one run

INJURIES: Guardians: Anthony Gose: 60-Day IL (tricep)

Royals: Salvador Perez: day-to-day (thumb), Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (biceps), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.