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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 19, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 26,640

Royals, Indians ride win streaks into series

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Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

  1. Kansas City swept a three-game set with Cleveland in mid-April, but the Indians have since gone 5-1 against the Royals, posting a .308/.380/.543 slash line with 11 home runs in those six games. Cleveland has won the season series with Kansas City in 13 of the last 15 years.
  2. The Royals lead MLB in batting average (.330) and on-base percentage (.398) since the All-Star break, and their 6-1 record trails only the Giants (7-1). Their pitching staff has allowed only five home runs since the break, fewest in MLB.
  3. The Indians have gone 10-2 in July, second in MLB behind the Giants (12-2). Their pitching staff has a 2.67 ERA and .216 opponent batting average in the month -- these marks each rank third in MLB.
  4. Hunter Dozier has scored nine runs in seven games since the All-Star break -- only Brandon Crawford (11) and Ramon Laureano (10) have scored more. Dozier went 6-for-11 with four runs scored in his first 2019 series against the Indians, but he's gone 2-for-24 with one run in six games against the club since.
  5. Jose Ramirez's six extra-base hits since the All-Star break are tied for the most by any American Leaguer, and his 10-game hit streak entering the series trails only Matt Olson (13) and Luis Arraez (11) in MLB - it is his longest hit streak since June 2017.
  6. Whit Merrifield had a 15-game hit streak snapped with an 0-for-5 day yesterday. That 15-game streak was the longest by a Royal this season, and was his longest hit streak within a single season since a 19-gamer in 2017. His 10 three-hit games this season are tied for third most by an American Leaguer.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2019 thru 7/21/2019

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals continued their strong post-All-Star break surges with respective four-game sweeps over fellow American League Central adversaries.

The Indians and Royals aim to continue their runs of good fortune at the other's expense on Friday when they open a three-game series in Cleveland.

Cleveland brought out the brooms on Thursday and recorded its fifth straight win and 11th in 13 contests with a 6-3 victory over Detroit. The win moved the Indians a season-best 15 games over .500.

Jose Ramirez belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs. The 26-year-old enters the series opener against Kansas City with a 10-game hitting streak, during which he is 15-for-41 with four homers, 12 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

"Even if Jose is being the hottest one right now with home runs, we're still putting up a good amount of runs," second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "It's not all him. It's coming from (Nos.) one through nine in the order. Guys are having good at-bats.

"It may not be pretty. It may not be what you want all the time. But we're doing whatever we can to get on base and get guys in."

Cleveland avenged a sweep at the hands of Kansas City in April by winning two of three from the Royals in late June and posting a sweep on July 2-4.

Like the Indians, Kansas City completed a four-game sweep on Thursday with a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The win was the Royals' sixth in seven games since the All-Star break.

"We're playing really good ball right now," Kansas City right-hander Brad Keller said. "The offense is alive and killing it right now. The starters and relievers are doing their job. The break helped us, I think."

The Royals are hitting .330 as a team and scored 49 runs in seven games since the All-Star break.

"The vibes in the clubhouse got a lot better," Kansas City reliever Tim Hill said. "It's definitely a different energy, and it's good."

Whit Merrifield, who saw his 15-game hitting streak halted on Thursday, will look to get back on track against Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber (8-3, 3.49 ERA).

Bieber returned from capturing Most Valuable Player honors in the All-Star Game with a no-decision versus Minnesota on Sunday.

The 24-year-old also received a no-decision against Kansas City on June 25 despite permitting two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Bieber owns a 2-0 mark with a 5.40 ERA in three career starts versus the Royals, although Lucas Duda (3-for-7, two homers) and Merrifield (3-for-9, home run) have gotten their licks in on the hurler.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-2, 5.67 ERA) will make his debut with Kansas City after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Montgomery last pitched on July 2, allowing one run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Pittsburgh.

Francisco Lindor is 2-for-5 with a double in his career against the 30-year-old Montgomery, who has yet to record a decision with a 6.75 ERA in five career appearances against Cleveland.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 19, 2019

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