In the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (53-72) and the Cleveland Indians (72-51) at O.C. Coliseum, Sean Manaea (4-8, 4.73 ERA) and Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.57 ERA) take the mound. The Indians won the last game 1-0, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will air on STOh and CSCA.
In his last start, Manaea pitched 6.0 innings, giving up five runs and striking out five in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers. The Indians were victorious the last time Salazar pitched. He went 1.0 inning, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 5-4 victory over the White Sox. Mike Napoli (.260, 77 Rs, 29 HRs, 87 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a +143 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Athletics are 35-49 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,450. With a 0-8 record as the underdog, they have had a tough time over their last 10 games.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Indians come into this game with a solid win percentage of .609 when playing as the favorite (56-36) and an overall money line of +705. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the favorite recently. They managed a 7-2 record when playing as the favorite and a SU record of 7-3. The Indians rank second in the AL in scoring, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Cleveland is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. The Indians have racked up 102 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Cleveland's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking third in the AL with only 4.2 runs allowed per game. They also average just 8.2 hits allowed per game, best in the AL.
So far this season, the Indians are 4-0 against the Athletics. This game will feature Salazar (RHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 40-50 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Manaea will take the mound against the Indians. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 25-12 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 19-20 in one-run games. The Indians have a 19-17 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 27-24, while Oakland is 18-30.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 17-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-36. The Athletics have a 13-58 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 137 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 11th with 159.
Ranking 12th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.51 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 (.704). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .772.
The Indians are 44-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 25-59 when they allow at least one homer.