Andrew Triggs (0-1, 4.98 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.34 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (53-71) and the Cleveland Indians (71-51) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on STOh and CSCA.
Triggs pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out two in a 5-4 defeat to the Rangers. Danny Valencia (.302, 52 Rs, 15 HRs, 44 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Carrasco went 6.2 innings, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and striking out 11 in a 10-7 defeat to the White Sox in his last outing. Carlos Santana (.244, 65 Rs, 26 HRs, 63 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Cleveland takes on Oakland as a -161 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,450 and a record as the underdog of 35-49. Oakland has gone winless (0-8) as the underdog and 2-8 SU in its last 10 outings. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Oakland. The Athletics are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.3 runs per home game.
Over in the other dugout, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of +705 and an impressive record of 56-36 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-2 record and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.0 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL. The Indians are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. The Indians are an excellent base stealing team with 102 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the Indians allow just 4.2 runs per game, ranking them second in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Indians are the best in the AL with an average of 8.2 hits allowed per game.
The Indians have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Athletics have a 40-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Triggs (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 46-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 19-19 in one-run games. The Indians have an 18-17 record in close games.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 14-14 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-36. The Athletics have a 13-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Oakland has hit 137 this season. Cleveland ranks 11th with 158 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.50 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at second with 9.18.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.707). Cleveland ranks in the top five with an OPS of .774.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 44-45. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 25-58 record.