Adam Morgan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (12-10) go up against Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.67 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (10-9) in the first of a three-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on CSPh and STOh.
This is the first start of the season for Morgan. He pitched 84.1 innings last season, finishing 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 49 strikeoutsOdubel Herrera (.292, 14 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Indians were victorious the last time Kluber pitched. He pitched well, going 8.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out 10 in a 10-1 victory over the Tigers. Rajai Davis (.286, 7 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Indians, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run and one stolen base.
The odds are Cleveland -175 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of one run. The Phillies are 5-2 in one-run games. The Indians have a 4-4 record in close games.
For the third time this season, the Indians registered at least two errors in a game.
The Phillies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 4-8 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 1-5. The Phillies have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Both Philadelphia and Cleveland are tied at 21st in home runs, hitting 19 this season.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.50 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 11th with 8.58.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.659). Cleveland ranks in the top half with an OPS of .720.
The Indians are 6-7 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 4-8 when they allow at least one homer.