Trevor Bauer (7-4, 3.65 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (7-6, 4.15 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (57-42) and the Oakland Athletics (47-55) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 29 and can be seen on STOh and CSCA.
Bauer pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking four in a 5-1 defeat to the Orioles. Graveman went 9.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Rays in his last outing. Khris Davis (.256, 48 Rs, 25 HRs, 67 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
The Indians are a -160 home favorite with a total of 8.5 runs.
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When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 21-22, while Oakland is 16-24.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 2-3 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 33-9. The Indians have a 44-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 422 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 486.
Ranking 25th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.710). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .758.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 21-44. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 34-36 record.