Danny Salazar (5-1, 3.50 ERA) and Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 3.38 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (20-24) and the Texas Rangers (22-23) at Progressive Field. The Rangers won the last game 10-8, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and can be seen on FSN-SW and STO.
Salazar pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 5-2 win over the White Sox. Michael Brantley (.315, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 27 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Against the Indians, Rodriguez is 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.365, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 35 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Cleveland is a -160 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -668 and a record as the favorite of 13-14. Cleveland is an impressive 5-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Cleveland leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.9 per game. Cleveland's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.5. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.5.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 20-20 record and an overall money line of +578. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL.
The Indians have a 7-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodriguez takes the mound. Salazar (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 14-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Cleveland recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Indians are 0-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Indians have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
The Indians and the Rangers are both 16-3 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Ranking 11th in runs, Cleveland has earned 194 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 206 runs.
Cleveland ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 174 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with 143.
The Indians are 15-12 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 18-10 when they hit at least one homer.