In the second of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (75-53) and the Cleveland Indians (72-54) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Martin Perez (8-9, 4.27 ERA) and Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.13 ERA) get the start. The Rangers won the last game 9-0, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and will air on STOh and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Perez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out five and walking three in an 8-4 loss to the Rays. Mitch Moreland (.254, 43 Rs, 21 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Indians were victorious over the Blue Jays 3-2 the last time Kluber pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking four. Carlos Santana (.244, 66 Rs, 27 HRs, 64 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Texas is a +145 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 39-33 record and overall money line at +2,499. With a 0-2 record as the underdog, they have had a tough time over their last 10 games. 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.
Across the field, the Indians have a nice record of 57-38 when they are favored and are +530 overall with the money line. The Indians rank second in the AL in scoring, averaging 5.0 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Indians, who average 9.1 hits per game. Cleveland is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 102 stolen bases. Shifting to the pitching staff, they average just 8.3 hits allowed per game, best in the AL.
The Rangers are 3-1 against the Indians this season. This game will feature Kluber (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 55-36 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Perez 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
Texas earned its third shutout of the season in its last game. Cleveland has been shut out four times this season.
Cleveland has won 52% (27-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 57% (35-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians didn't score any runs in their last game. The Rangers have a 3-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-39. The Rangers have a 19-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Texas sits at sixth with 167 home runs this season and Cleveland ranks 10th with 161.
Ranking sixth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.91 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at third with 9.12.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.752). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .766.
The Indians are 44-47 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 46-44 when they allow at least one homer.