In the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (20-25) and the Texas Rangers (20-25) at Progressive Field, Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 4.74 ERA) and Colby Lewis (4-2, 3.49 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 4-3, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 12:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 27 and will air on FSN-SW and STO.
Carrasco is 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA and 1.57 WHIP against the Rangers in his career. Jason Kipnis (.335, 33 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Indians, Lewis is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.371, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Cleveland is a -156 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Indians have a 13-15 record and overall money line at -800. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (5-2). They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 4.0 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.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .512 when playing as the underdog (21-20) and an overall money line of +700. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 7-2 record. The Rangers rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Texas is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 140 extra base hits.
The Rangers are 3-2 against the Indians this season. This game will feature Lewis (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 13-14 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Carrasco. They sport a 15-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Rangers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 2-5. The Rangers are 8-5 in close games this season.
The Rangers are 2-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 9-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 3-20. The Rangers have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 41 this season. Texas ranks seventh with 51 home runs.
Cleveland and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Cleveland sits at eighth with 8.43 hits per game and Texas ranks ninth with 8.42.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .728.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 11-19. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 14-19 record.