Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers
The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers face off on Saturday in Cleveland for game two of their series. The Rangers are -130 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cleveland Indians squandered a big lead on Friday, but they still got the win in extra innings. Ryan Rayburn had two hits, including the walk-off game-winning home run, Nick Swisher had two hits including a home run, and Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Brantley, and Mike Aviles each had three hits as the Indians scored 11 runs on 18 hits. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned, to not factor in the decision as Joe Smith blew the save and Bryan Shaw got the win. For Saturday’s game, the Indians start Justin Masterson who won last time out. For the season, Masterson has allowed 113 hits and 57 earned runs, while striking out 145 over 142.1 innings for a 11-7 record and a 3.60 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have been slumping badly and while they battled back on Friday, it all added up to another loss. Nelson Cruz hit a home run, Adrian Beltre had three hits, and Leonys Martin had three hits as the Rangers scored eight runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Martin Perez was awful, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out three and lasting just three innings, but he was bailed out by the Rangers’ bats and it was Jason Frasor who took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. For Saturday’s game, the Rangers start Yu Darvish who won last time out upon returning from the DL. For the season, Darvish has allowed 86 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 161 over 125.2 innings for a 9-4 record and a 2.86 ERA.
Cleveland is 5-0 in their last five home games, 14-3 in their last 17 games against the AL West, and 1-4 in Masterson’s last five starts as an underdog. Texas is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite, 3-10 in their last 13 games, and 2-5 in Darvish’s last seven starts. Texas is 14-5 in their last 19 games in Cleveland.
The Indians are playing well, while Texas is starting to back up and I don’t see that trend reversing here.
Cleveland Indians +120 Texas Rangers