A.J. Griffin (5-3, 4.68 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (9-6, 3.12 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (75-54) and the Cleveland Indians (73-54) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians won the last game 12-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on STOh and FSSW.
Griffin pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out four in an 8-2 defeat to the Rays. Adrian Beltre (.289, 64 Rs, 23 HRs, 84 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Carrasco went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out nine in a 1-0 win over the Athletics in his most recent start. Mike Napoli (.259, 79 Rs, 29 HRs, 88 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Cleveland takes on Texas as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +2,599 and a record as the underdog of 39-33. Texas has gone winless (0-2) as the underdog and 6-4 SU in its last 10 outings.
Over in the other dugout, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of +430 and an impressive record of 57-38 as the favorite. Offensively, they average 4.9 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL. The Indians are an excellent base stealing team with 102 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. 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 established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.6 strikeouts per road game.
The Rangers lead the season series, 3-2. The Rangers have a 56-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Griffin (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 47-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Rangers are 0-4. The Indians are 6-2 in blowouts this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 28-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-39. The Rangers have a 19-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Texas ranks eighth with 168 homers and Cleveland is 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 9.06.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.751). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .768.
The Indians are 45-47 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 46-44 when they allow at least one homer.