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Corey Kluber on the mound against the Kansas City Royals

This is the first of eight more games against the defending champions

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

July 18th, 2016. 8:15 PM ET. Kauffman Stadium

Radio: WTAM



Corey Kluber pitches particularly well against most of the Royals. Against their current roster, he allows a line of .234/.276/.370 on average. The major outlier in this group is Mike Moustakas, who has dominated Kluber in 37 at-bats to the tune of .459/.500/.703.

The Royals send out Edinson Volquez, who does not feel like the same player who reached an All-Star game in 2008. He's not terrible, but the return on investment can't be what the Royals hoped for. In fact, the Royals in general are starting to have that kind of vibe. Some corners of the internet are already wondering if it's time to sell, sell, sell at the deadline.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - DH Alcides Escobar - SS
Jason Kipnis - 2B Eric Hosmer - 1B
Francisco Lindor - SS Kendrys Morales - DH
Mike Napoli - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Jose Ramirez - LF Alex Gordon - LF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B
Juan Uribe - 3B Paulo Orlando - RF
Tyler Naquin - CF Whit Merrifield - 2B
Roberto Perez - C Jarrod Dyson - CF
Corey Kluber - RHP Edinson Volquez - RHP