Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.31 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (59-66) go up against Jimmy Nelson (10-9, 3.60 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (53-73) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 11-6 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and will air on STOh and FSWI.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 2.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-9 loss to the Twins. Jason Kipnis (.324, 71 Rs, 6 HRs, 41 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs. The Brewers were victorious the last time Nelson pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 10-3 victory over the Nationals. Ryan Braun (.278, 73 Rs, 23 HRs, 75 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Brewers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Cleveland is a -165 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Indians have a 39-40 record and overall money line at -1,999. They come into the game with notable records of 6-3 as the favorite and 10-8 SU against the National League. The Indians have not played very well against the NL. Cleveland has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to its 4.0 season average. The Indians typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an AL-high 3.4 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Indians don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.20 WHIP. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 8.9 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Brewers have a subpar record of 29-46 when they are the underdog and are -1,895 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. Milwaukee has stepped up their play against interleague opponents averaging an impressive 4.6 runs per game compared to their 4.0 runs per game season average.
The Indians are 2-1 against the Brewers this season. This game will feature Nelson (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 43-39 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Brewers, who have a 38-58 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
Milwaukee recorded at least two errors for the 24th time this season.
The Indians are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The Brewers have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-49. The Brewers have a 10-56 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 103 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 115.
Cleveland and Milwaukee both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Cleveland sits at ninth with 8.58 hits per game and Milwaukee ranks 10th with 8.45.
Ranking 24th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Cleveland ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .718.
The Brewers are 31-51 when they allow at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 36-54 record.