Trevor Bauer (10-6, 3.70 ERA) and David Paulino (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (80-58) and the Houston Astros (74-65) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 6-5, and Houston leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on STOh and RTSW.
Bauer pitched 8.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in an 8-3 win over the Marlins. Mike Napoli (.253, 83 Rs, 31 HRs, 92 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. This is the first time Paulino will take the hill this season. Jose Altuve (.344, 96 Rs, 22 HRs, 92 RBIs, 27 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The Astros lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 23-19. The Astros are 24-22 in close games this season.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 6-19 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 12-56. The Indians have a 12-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Cleveland ranks 15th with 169 homers and Houston is 12th with 175.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 437 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 497.
The Indians are 56-37 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 64-39 record.