Corey Kluber (0-5, 5.04 ERA) and John Lackey (2-1, 3.20 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (11-20) and the St. Louis Cardinals (23-9) at Progressive Field. The Cardinals won the last game 8-3 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and can be seen on FSN-MW and STO.
Kluber pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 7-4 defeat to the Royals. Michael Brantley (.347, 16 Rs, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. When pitching against the Indians, Lackey is 8-8 with a 3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts. Matt Carpenter (.336, 25 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -125 favorite against St. Louis and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Indians have recorded an overall money line of -1,196 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 7-12. Against the NL, they have had a discouraging season, earning 7-12 and 11-19 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Indians have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game.
In games where it is the underdog, St. Louis has a 4-4 record and an overall money line of +1,145. St. Louis is 4-4 as the underdog and 22-9 SU against American League opponents. Offensively, they average 4.6 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. The Cardinals are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.4 hits per game. St. Louis is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking fourth in the NL. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the The Cardinals allow just 3.1 runs per game, ranking them first in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Cardinals are the best in the NL on the road with an average of 7.4 hits allowed per away game.
The Cardinals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Indians have an 8-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lackey takes the mound. Kluber (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 18-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
For the fourth time this season, the Indians registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 4-1 record. The Indians are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 6-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 15-6. The Indians have a 9-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 137 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 150.
Ranking 13th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 104 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 108.
The Indians are 10-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 13-4 when they hit at least one homer.