Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 3.92 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (27-28) meet Bud Norris (1-4, 9.88 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (25-30) in the last of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and will air on MASN and STO.
In his most recent outing, Carrasco pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 2-1 victory over the Royals. Jason Kipnis (.332, 40 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. In his career against the Indians, Norris is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Adam Jones (.309, 28 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Cleveland, a -156 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Indians are 16-18 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -660. The Indians are a dangerous hitting team with 167 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 3.8 walks per game. Over their past 10 games, Cleveland's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 3.0 runs per game, below their season average of 4.3. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 9.6 strikeouts per game.
Switching gears, the Orioles come into this game with a weak win percentage of .346 when playing as the underdog (9-17) and an overall money line of -479. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.0 runs per game, below their 4.1 season average.
This game will feature Norris (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 16-16 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Carrasco. They sport a 20-23 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Indians are 5-6 in one-run games. The Orioles have an 8-9 record in close games.
The Orioles are 1-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 1-2 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 19-6. The Indians have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Baltimore sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 223 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 239.
Cleveland ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 214 this season. Baltimore ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 132.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 21-13. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 21-15 record.