BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last four games.
The Royals are 7-7 against the rest of their division. The Kansas City offense has compiled a .242 batting average as a team this season, good for eighth in the MLB. Andrew Benintendi leads the team with an average of .287.
The Indians are 14-8 against division opponents. Cleveland has hit 39 home runs this season, ninth in the American League. Jose Ramirez leads them with nine, averaging one every 11.6 at-bats.
The Indians won the last meeting 5-4. Nick Wittgren earned his second victory and Josh Naylor went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Cleveland. Wade Davis registered his first loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana leads the Royals with 21 RBIs and is batting .255.
Franmil Reyes leads the Indians with 15 extra base hits and 21 RBIs.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 4-6, .251 batting average, 5.07 ERA, outscored by nine runs