Danny Salazar (5-1, 3.79 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (26-28) go up against Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.12 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (25-29) in the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Orioles won the last game 5-2 and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and will air on MASN2 and STO.
In his last start, Salazar pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners. Jason Kipnis (.329, 39 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. In his career against the Indians, Jimenez is 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA, 2.04 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Adam Jones (.310, 28 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Cleveland is a -134 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Indians have a 16-17 record and overall money line at -542. The Indians rank fifth in the majors in extra base hits with 165. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 3.8 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 9.6 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Orioles come into this game with a weak win percentage of .320 when playing as the underdog (8-17) and an overall money line of -587. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record. The Orioles will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Baltimore's run production has dropped to 3.0 runs per game, compared to 4.4 for the duration of the season.
So far this season, the Orioles are 1-0 against the Indians. The Indians will take on a right-hander (Jimenez) in this game and have a 16-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Salazar. They sport a 19-23 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 11-11, while Cleveland is 9-10.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Orioles have a 7-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 4-22. The Orioles have a 4-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 49 this season. Baltimore ranks sixth with 59 home runs.
Cleveland and Baltimore both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Cleveland sits at sixth with 8.60 hits per game and Baltimore ranks 10th with 8.30.
Ranking 14th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.710). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .730.
The Orioles are 14-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 18-21 when they allow at least one homer.