Guardians Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – July 9, 2022

Written By Staff on July 9, 2022

The Cleveland Guardians (40-41) will aim to turn around a five-game losing streak when they visit the Kansas City Royals (31-51) on Saturday at 4:10 PM ET. Cleveland’s (-140 to win) Triston McKenzie gets the start against Kansas City’s (+119) Jonathan Heasley.

The insights in the article below reflect odds as of July 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM ET.

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Guardians vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

McKenzie (CLE) Pitcher Heasley (KC)
5 – 6 W/L 1 – 4
87.1 IP 51.0
3.71 ERA 4.76
0.985 WHIP 1.431
8.2 K/9 6.7
2.3 BB/9 4.6

Guardians Probable Starter Triston McKenzie

  • McKenzie gets the start for the Guardians, his 15th of the season. He is 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Sunday against the New York Yankees, the right-hander went 7 2/3 scoreless innings while surrendering one hit.
  • The 24-year-old has an ERA of 3.71, with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings, in 15 games this season. Opponents are batting .202 against him.
  • McKenzie is trying to pick up his ninth quality start of the season in this matchup.
  • The opposing Royals offense has the 21st-ranked slugging percentage (.379) and ranks 24th in MLB play with 71 home runs. It has a collective .241 batting average, and is 17th in MLB with 667 total hits and 27th in MLB play scoring 322 runs.
  • The 24-year-old’s 3.71 ERA ranks 37th, .985 WHIP ranks eighth, and 8.2 K/9 ranks 34th among qualifying pitchers this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs McKenzie

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 18 .167 3 1 4 .238 .571
Andrew Benintendi 15 .200 3 1 3 .200 .600
Nicky Lopez 14 .286 4 0 0 .375 .732
Hunter Dozier 13 .308 4 1 4 .308 .846
Michael A. Taylor 7 .286 2 0 0 .545 .831
Ryan O’Hearn 6 .000 0 0 0 .143 .143
Edward Olivares 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Cam Gallagher 3 .000 0 0 0 .250 .250
Bobby Witt Jr. 2 .500 1 0 1 .500 1.500
Emmanuel Rivera 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Probable Starter Jonathan Heasley

  • The Royals will hand the ball to Jon Heasley (1-4) for his 11th start of the season.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Monday, when he gave up one earned run and allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros.
  • The 25-year-old has pitched to a 4.76 ERA this season with 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 4.6 walks per nine across 10 games.
  • He has started 10 games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in four of them.
  • The Guardians rank 23rd in MLB with 344 runs scored this season. They have a .243 batting average this campaign with 63 home runs (28th in the league).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Guardians Stats vs Heasley

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Steven Kwan 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 1.333
Owen Miller 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Amed Rosario 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Josh Naylor 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Austin Hedges 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
José Ramírez 3 .667 2 1 3 .667 2.334
Andrés Giménez 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333
Myles Straw 1 .000 0 0 0 .667 .667

Guardians Betting Trends

  • The Guardians have put together a 23-14 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 62.2% of those games).
  • When it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -140 or shorter, Cleveland has a 13-7 record (winning 65% of its games).
  • Based on this matchup’s moneyline, the Guardians’ implied win probability is 58.3%.
  • Cleveland has combined with opponents to hit the over on the total 39 times this season for a 39-38-4 record against the over/under.
  • The Guardians have put together a 41-40-0 record ATS this season.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • This season, the Royals have won 25 out of the 68 games, or 36.8%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • Kansas City has a record of 14-31 in games where sportsbooks have them as underogs of at least +119 on the moneyline.
  • The implied probability of a win by the Royals, based on the moneyline, is 45.7%.
  • Games involving Kansas City have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 40 of 82 chances this season.
  • The Royals are 36-46-0 against the spread in their 82 chances this season.

Guardians Players to Watch

  • Jose Ramirez has racked up a team-best OBP (.368) and slugging percentage (.569), while leading the Guardians in hits (84). He’s batting .285 with 28 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs and 38 walks.
  • Among the qualifying hitters in MLB play, Ramirez ranks 31st in batting average, 24th in on-base percentage, and seventh in slugging.
  • Amed Rosario has 12 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 17 walks while batting .274.
  • Rosario currently ranks 43rd in batting average, 99th in on base percentage, and 122nd in slugging among qualifying hitters.
  • Josh Naylor is batting .279 with 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 16 walks.
  • Steven Kwan has nine doubles, three triples, a home run and 30 walks while batting .273.

Guardians Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Amed Rosario 303 .274 43 3 24 .313 .689
José Ramírez 295 .285 48 16 63 .368 .937
Myles Straw 286 .199 44 0 10 .294 .542
Owen Miller 254 .244 34 4 36 .296 .662
Steven Kwan 238 .273 32 1 21 .360 .709
Andrés Giménez 227 .295 27 9 39 .352 .832
Josh Naylor 197 .279 24 11 43 .335 .848
Franmil Reyes 192 .214 18 8 24 .261 .636
Austin Hedges 147 .156 13 5 15 .219 .484
Oscar Mercado 119 .210 17 4 16 .246 .624

Royals Players to Watch

  • Whit Merrifield has been key for Kansas City with 80 hits, an OBP of .290 plus a slugging percentage of .343.
  • Among all qualified hitters in MLB, Merrifield ranks 101st in batting average, 129th in on-base percentage, and 139th in slugging percentage.
  • Andrew Benintendi has a slash line of .318/.387/.403 this season and a team-best OPS of .790.
  • Benintendi is currently fourth in batting average, 10th in on-base percentage and 93rd in slugging percentage among all qualifying players.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has collected 71 base hits, an OBP of .285 and a slugging percentage of .442 this season.
  • Hunter Dozier leads Kansas City in total hits (71) this season while batting .267 with 28 extra-base hits.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 335 .239 45 5 36 .290 .633
Andrew Benintendi 305 .318 34 3 34 .387 .790
Bobby Witt Jr. 301 .236 43 12 42 .285 .727
Hunter Dozier 266 .267 34 9 30 .330 .777
Nicky Lopez 240 .233 26 0 9 .292 .575
Michael A. Taylor 200 .270 26 5 24 .348 .738
MJ Melendez 193 .218 19 9 22 .312 .721
Emmanuel Rivera 155 .219 18 6 19 .271 .677
Kyle Isbel 118 .212 11 2 11 .246 .577
Edward Olivares 70 .286 13 3 8 .324 .795

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