Mike Clevinger (2-1, 5.30 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (79-56) go up against Mike Fiers (9-6, 4.31 ERA) and the Houston Astros (72-64) in the first of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians enter this series looking to continue a six-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and will air on STOh and RTSW.
In his last start, Clevinger pitched 1.0 inning, giving up zero runs in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The Astros were victorious over the Athletics 4-3 the last time Fiers pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three, striking out four and walking two. George Springer (.256, 101 Rs, 26 HRs, 75 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Astros won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 22-18. The Astros are 23-21 in close games this season.
Cleveland has won 54% (29-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Houston has won 56% (36-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 16-19 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 61-7. The Astros have a 52-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Houston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 625 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 666.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.744). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .770.
The Astros are 45-43 when they allow at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 49-48 record.