Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (14-10) take on Danny Salazar (2-1, 2.35 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (10-11) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 4-3, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 2:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and can be seen on CSPh and STOh.
Velasquez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 win over the Nationals. Odubel Herrera (.312, 15 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Salazar went 4.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking four in a 4-3 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Tyler Naquin (.341, 8 Rs, 2 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Philadelphia and Cleveland are Indians -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
In their last game, the Indians lost by a margin of one run. The Phillies are 7-2 in one-run games. The Indians have a 4-6 record in close games.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 1-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Phillies have a slight leg up on the Indians, as the Phillies have won their last five games while the Indians have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 8-3. The Phillies have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 80 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 91.
Philadelphia and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 24th with 64 this season and Cleveland ranks 26th with 62.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 12-5. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 5-7 record.