Trevor Bauer (3-2, 4.34 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (26-24) meet Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.34 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (31-21) in the last of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Rangers won the last game 7-3, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and will air on STOh and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Bauer pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 6-4 loss to the Orioles. Carlos Santana (.227, 25 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Rangers were also unsuccessful the last time Hamels pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 9-1 loss to the Pirates. Ian Desmond (.297, 38 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds are Indians -105 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The previous two games have all gone Texas's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
Cleveland has won 45% (10-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 67% (16-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 11-3 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 4-14. The Rangers have a 10-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Both Cleveland and Texas are tied at 15th in home runs, hitting 55 this season.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.78 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.85.
Cleveland and Texas both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Cleveland sits at 11th with an OPS of .737, and Texas ranks 14th with an OPS of .735.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 19-19. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 16-20 record.