Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (74-53) go up against Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (72-53) in the first of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and will air on STOh and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Hamels pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out 10 and walking two in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. Mitch Moreland (.254, 42 Rs, 21 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Indians were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 6-5 the last time Tomlin pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out five and walking one. Carlos Santana (.243, 66 Rs, 27 HRs, 64 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Texas, a -141 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. The Rangers perform well as a favorite with a 35-20 record and have an overall money line of +2,499. The Rangers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Texas has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to the 4.6 it's averaged on the season.
Moving on to the away team, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (15-15) and an overall money line of +530. 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 9.1 hits per contest. Cleveland is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 102 stolen bases. Shifting to the pitching staff, they allow just 8.2 hits per game, the best in the AL.
The Rangers are 2-1 against the Indians this season. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Tomlin) in this game and have a 55-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Hamels will take the mound against the Indians. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 25-13 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 35-26, while Cleveland is 27-25.
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 Rangers have a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 49-9. The Indians have a 58-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 588 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 619.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 333 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 14th with 385.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 61-35. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 52-35 record.