This game could be low scoring as Colby Lewis (3-2, 2.40 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (15-21) meet Danny Salazar (4-1, 3.27 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (13-21) in the second of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians won the last game 8-3 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and will air on STO and FSN-SW.
Lewis is 2-1 with a 6.37 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 12 walks against the Indians in his career. Prince Fielder (.345, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Rangers, Salazar is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Michael Brantley (.349, 19 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Indians, going 3 for 3 yesterday with two runs, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
Texas is a slight +100 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 14-18 record and overall money line at -19. Texas has averaged 5.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.1.
Across the field, the Indians have a subpar record of 8-13 when they are favored and are -1,333 overall with the money line. The Indians average just 6.6 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. Switching gears to Cleveland's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 3.86. They also average just 7.7 hits allowed per road game, fourth-best in the AL. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 9.7 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Cleveland's way. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Salazar) in this game and have a 10-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the right-hander Lewis. They sport a 9-12 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
For the fifth time this season, the Indians registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Indians are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 1-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers and the Indians both have records of 11-3.
Ranking 19th in runs, Texas has earned 145 this season. Cleveland ranks 15th with 148 runs.
Both Texas and Cleveland are tied at eighth in walks with a total of 120 this season.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 11-8. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have an 11-11 record.