Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Cleveland Indians (56-41) as they go up against Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.53 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (58-41) in the first of a two-game series at Progressive Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 26 and will air on STOh and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Salazar pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking one in a 7-3 victory over the Royals. Mike Napoli (.244, 61 Rs, 22 HRs, 68 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one RBI. The Nationals were also victorious the last time Gonzalez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking two in an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers. Daniel Murphy (.355, 58 Rs, 19 HRs, 73 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Nationals, going 3 for 3 Sunday with two runs and two RBIs.
The Indians are a -155 favorite with a total of 8.
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Cleveland has won 49% (20-21) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 65% (24-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Nationals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with an 18-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 45-11. The Indians have a 43-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Cleveland and Washington both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Cleveland sits at sixth with 478 runs this season and Washington ranks 10th with 461.
Ranking 11th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.756). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .760.
The Nationals are 34-34 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 33-35 when they allow at least one homer.