2019-09-28 15:05:00 EDT
The Cleveland Indians and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of a three game interleague set in MLB action on Saturday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound after being eliminated from postseason contention following an 8-2 loss to the Nationals in Friday’s opener. Ryan Flaherty had a double and an RBI and Francisco Lindor added an RBI of his own to cap off Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the loss. Mike Freeman added a double while Greg Allen added a base hit of his own as the Indians had just three hits as a team with the rest of the squad batting 0 for 19 with 7 strikeouts in the losing effort. Zach Plesac allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Goody took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year as a result. Adam Plutko will start game two and is 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s first career start against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on their series opening win on Friday with another strong showing here. Gerardo Parra went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs while Trea Turner had a home run and two RBIs and Asdrubal Cabrera added a double and two RBIs of his own to cap off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Matt Adams went 2 for 4 and Brian Dozier had a double while Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick and Kurt Suzuki each had a base hit to finish off Washington’s offense as a team in the victory. Austin Voth got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Patrick Corbin will start game two and is 14-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 230 strikeouts this season. This will be Corbin’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 2-6 in their last 8 games against the NL East and 5-11 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Washington is 10-1 in Corbin’s last 11 home starts and 38-17 in their last 55 home games while the under is 5-2-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
Part of me wants to take Cleveland here as all the Indians have left to play for in this one is the opportunity to exact some revenge on a team that had a part in the Tribe missing the postseason. However, I’m not a big Plutko fan and Corbin has been at his best at home this season, going 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA and a .191 batting average against this season. Washington also can lock up home field in the wild card game with a win here, so I’ll side with the Nationals to push their winning streak to seven games here.