Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians
First place in the American League Central hosts first place in the American league West as the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers meet for game two of their series in Cleveland. The Indians are -140 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Cleveland Indians got off to the best start of any team in baseball this season but it looks like right now they are going through a stretch where they are going to need to at the very least hold on. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run and three hits total and Michael Brantley and Grady Sizemore each had hits but the five hits and two runs weren’t nearly enough for the Indians to be competitive on Friday. Justin Masterson allowed 10 hits and four earned runs while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work to take his fourth loss of the season and Tony Sipp, Chad Durbin, and Frank Hermann all allowed runs in relief. For Saturday’s game Cleveland starts Fausto Carmona who has lost his last three starts. For the season Carmona has allowed 74 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 50 in 76.1 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers went through a short dry period but since they have gotten healthy, and since Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup, they look as good as ever. On Friday Hamilton homered and had three hits and three RBI’s, Elvis Andrus had four hits, three RBI’s and scored twice, Adrian Beltre had three hits, and Nelson Cruz homered as the Rangers had a 19 hit 11 run night. Alexi Ogando allowed four hits and a run while striking out six over eight innings to earn his sixth win of the year with no losses. For Saturday’s game Texas starts Derek Holland who won last time out after six consecutive no decisions. For the season Holland has allowed 74 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 55 in 65.1 innings of work.
Cleveland is 25-8 in their last 33 home games, 1-4 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 1-4 in Carmona’s last five starts. Texas is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 5-1 in their last six against the AL Central, and 7-2 in Holland’s last nine starts against a team with a winning record. Texas is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings of these two.
We saw plenty of offense on Firday and we will continue to see it on Saturday as this one goes over again. Take the over 9 today.