Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians
Kansas City at Cleveland, Luis Mendoza starts against Justin Masterson.
Royals went below .500 with yesterday's loss, today they go up against a pitcher they hammered in April. Mendoza (12 GS, 2-3, 4.08 ERA) has a couple very bad starts under his belt already this year, where he's given up 6 and 7 runs. But outside of those, he hasn't given up more than 3 runs in any start, and he's pitched across the spectrum of teams, including the very potent offenses of Baltimore and Oakland. His 6 run start came against the Rays at the beginning of May, while Mendoza's most recent start was also against the Rays, and he only gave up 2 earned runs. Masterson (15 GS, 8-5, 3.52 ERA) has performed excellently so far this year, and he would be favored in most matchups, but Masterson has already faced the Royals once this year, a game where he was rolled for 7 earned runs in 6.1 innings.
Mendoza and Masterson have been hit about the same by their respective teams, and Masterson has been much better overall, but the Royals are playing with purpose, they'll be wanting to get back to .500, and they're seeing a pitcher they already beat on once this year.
Royals' road dog edge.