Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (5-8, 4.18 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (1-1) and the Cleveland Indians (1-1) at Minute Maid Park. The Indians won the last game 2-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on STO and ROOT-SW.
Jed Lowrie (.400 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one stolen base. Against the Astros, Bauer is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and nine strikeouts. Jason Kipnis (.250 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Cleveland takes on Houston as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping two bases. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Astros, who have a team ERA of only 0.00. The Astros are the top team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 3.0 hits per game so far this season.
When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.71 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Houston Astros, the Indians now have one shutout this season. The Astros have been shut out in one game this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Indians need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 1-1 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
Both Houston and Cleveland are tied at 24th in runs, each scoring two this season.
Ranking 20th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching three this season. Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with five.