Guardians, Royals heading in opposite directions

cleveland patron 500 for the first time since April 19 when they play the third contest of their four-game home series. Kansas City Royals on Saturday

Guardians (44-44) equaled their record by registering five wins in their last seven games, including a 6-1 win in the series opener. Royal Family on Thursday and a 3–0 win on Friday. Recent success has allowed Cleveland to overtake the first-place Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.

“What is important is where we are in the standings, and where we will be in the standings,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “Hopefully it’s a jumping off point more than anything.

Josh Bell hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning on Friday to highlight Cleveland’s most recent victory.

“The most important thing for us is to take care of the things we can take care of,” Bell told Bailey Sports Cleveland. “In our division, we’ve got to win games. Once we click, once we get going, things will definitely click. At the end of the season, we’ll know we’re going to be over .500.” Will happen.”

Bell is batting a career strong .400 (22 of 55) with four homers and 13 RBIs against Kansas City.

like a bell, Guardians have enjoyed success compared to Royal Family In this weather. Cleveland has won four out of five meetings this season, defeating Kansas City 28-7 in the process

Guardians Rookie Gavin Williams (0-1, 3.79 ERA) will compete Royal FamilyBrady Singer (5-7, 5.52) in Saturday’s battle of right-handers

The 23-year-old Williams suffered his first career loss on Monday after allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 4-2 blowout to the Atlanta Braves.

“It’s a pretty good lineup and definitely didn’t have my best stuff,” Williams said, according to cleveland.com. “I left a few pitches at the plate and it showed.”

Williams will make his fourth career start and second start on Saturday against Kansas City. He pitched seven scoreless innings on June 27, allowing one hit and one walk and six runs.

Singer, 26, snapped a four-game winning streak by allowing one run on four hits in seven innings of a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

“Hopefully, we’ll gain more confidence,” Singer said after that game. “We haven’t lacked confidence throughout the year. We’ve just been working hard every day and trying to get better. It’s paid off this series. Hopefully it’ll be a good show for us.”

unfortunately for Royal Family, It’s not like that. Since that contest, they have lost five games in a row and finished 41 games under .500 (25-64).

Singer has a 2–1 record with a 4.33 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against Cleveland. He did well in his recent match against GuardiansScattered four hits over six scoreless innings without a decision on June 27

Bobby Witts Jr. was one of two hitters in Kansas City on Friday. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 11 for 31 with seven RBI and four runs scored over that span.

–Field Level Media

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