The Royals are 6-15 against American League Central opponents this season, a puzzling record which players insist is coincidence. They have a chance to alter that mark during these next nine games, all of them against division opponents.
The stretch begins this week at Kauffman Stadium against the Indians. The Royals travel to Chicago and Detroit starting on Friday.
Here are the pitching matchups for this two-game series with Cleveland:
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.: Jason Vargas (5-2, 3.28 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.23 ERA).
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Wednesday, 1:10 p.m.: Yordano Ventura (3-5, 3.41 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (1-2, 4.08 ERA).