Derek Holland (5-6, 4.92 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (76-54) go up against Danny Salazar (11-5, 3.90 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (73-55) in the last of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 7-0, and Texas leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and will air on STOh and FSSW.
In his last start, Holland pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-0 loss to the Reds. Carlos Beltran (.288, 58 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Indians were unsuccessful against the Athletics 9-1 the last time Salazar pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking three.
Texas, a +110 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The matchup currently has a nine-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 39-34 record and overall money line at +2,499. With a 0-3 record as the underdog, they have had a tough time over their last 10 games.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Indians come into this game with a solid win percentage of .604 when playing as the favorite (58-38) and an overall money line of +530. They sport the second-ranked offense in the AL, 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. The Indians have racked up 102 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Cleveland's pitching staff, they average just 8.2 hits allowed per game, best in the AL. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging an AL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Rangers have mostly come out on top against the Indians in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record. This game will feature Salazar (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 56-37 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the left-hander Holland. Southpaw starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 26-14 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Texas earned its fourth shutout of the season in its last game. Cleveland has been shut out five times this season.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 16-16 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-40. The Rangers have a 19-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 161 this season. Texas ranks eighth with 169 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.88 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at third with 9.13.
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 seventh with an OPS of .767.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 45-48. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 46-44 record.