Kansas City Royals (3-1) @ Cleveland Indians (1-3)
RHP Jakob Junis (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
First pitch — 12:10 p.m. CT
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
How to watch: Bally Sports KC
How to listen: KCSP 610
- In seven starts against the Royals, Bieber has a 3.70 ERA IN 41 1⁄3 innings with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks.
- Junis has struggled in 13 starts against Cleveland. He’s posted a 6.38 ERA and has allowed 13 home runs in 73 1⁄3 innings.
- Dozier is back in the lineup after missing three games with a thumb contusion. He’s a career .247 hitter vs. Cleveland in 39 games.
- Junis is likely to be used as an opener this afternoon. Carlos Hernandez, Kyle Zimmer, and Jake Brentz should all be available to come on in relief.
- With a win today, the Royals would have their best start through five games since 2016 (4-1).
Jakob Junis takes the ball as we wrap up a brief two-game set in Cleveland this afternoon.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/Hy13FzTrDE— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 7, 2021