Corey Kluber (8-13, 3.43 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians (61-66) as they go up against Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (65-63) in the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 3-1 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and will air on STOh and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 7.2 innings, allowing one run and striking out 11 in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs. Jason Kipnis (.324, 73 Rs, 7 HRs, 45 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Angels were unsuccessful to the Blue Jays 12-5 the last time Richards pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking three. Albert Pujols (.252, 69 Rs, 34 HRs, 75 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Indians are third in the league in WHIP at 1.19.
The Angels will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Los Angeles's run production has dropped to 3.0 runs per game, compared to 4.0 for the duration of the season. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 334 extra base hits. Los Angeles's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.0.
The Indians will take on a right-hander (Richards) in this game and have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Kluber will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 46-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 32-19, while Cleveland is 19-22.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 24-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 46-14. The Indians have a 52-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 510 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 513.
Ranking first in walks, Cleveland has earned 439 this season. Los Angeles ranks 20th with 348 walks.
The Indians are 45-26 when they hit at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 51-30 record.