Shaun Marcum (1-0, 2.31 ERA) and Phil Klein (1-0, 4.50 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (20-23) and the Texas Rangers (21-23) at Progressive Field. Both teams come into this series hoping to extend a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on FSN-SW and STO.
Marcum is 2-0 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts against the Rangers. Michael Brantley (.317, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 26 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Against the Indians, Klein is 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, and one strike out. Prince Fielder (.358, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Cleveland is a -136 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 3.8 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 9.6.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 19-20 record and an overall money line of +429. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL.
The Indians lead the season series, 2-1. The Indians have a 13-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Klein takes the mound. Marcum (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
Texas recorded at least two errors for the 10th time 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 are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 15-3. The Indians have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 186 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 196.
Cleveland ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 167 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with 140.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 15-11. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 17-10 record.