Carlos Carrasco (9-7, 3.23 ERA) and Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.72 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (76-56) and the Miami Marlins (68-66) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on STOh and FSFL.
Carrasco pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs (four unearned), striking out eight and walking one in a 7-0 defeat to the Rangers. Mike Napoli (.259, 81 Rs, 29 HRs, 88 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with two runs. Cashner went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 1-0 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Cleveland and Miami are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Against the NL, the Indians have a 10-7 record SU. The Indians have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.9 runs per game. Cleveland is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 106 bases. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Indians. The 4.2 runs that Cleveland's pitchers allow per game makes them the fourth-ranked staff in the AL.
Miami is 6-11 SU against interleague opponents. Offensively, the Marlins have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 2.3 during that stretch. The Marlins allow 4.1 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 4.9 against teams from the AL.
The Indians have a 47-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cashner takes the mound. Carrasco (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have a 46-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 28-25, while Miami is 30-30.
The Marlins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 9-4 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 56-16. The Indians have a 60-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Miami sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 554 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 646.
Ranking 20th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 381 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half with 408.
The Indians are 54-35 when they hit at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 48-32 record.