Houston Astros (33-18) at Cleveland Indians (24-24)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 26, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Cleveland Indians -105 / Houston Astros -115 --- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians square off in game three of their four game weekend MLB set from Progressive Field on Saturday.
The Houston Astros will look to win the series and push for the four game sweep on Sunday after taking game two by a final score of 11-2 on Friday by scoring all of their runs in the final two innings. George Springer led Houston by going 3 for 6 with a home run and a double along with a team-high three RBIs. Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis each had a double with a pair of RBIs, with Altuve notching two doubles. Carlos Correa added a double and an RBI of ihis own, while Marwin Gonzalez, Max Stassi and Jake Marisnick all added RBIs as well in the win. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 5 at the dish while Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp each had base hits as well in the winning effort. Dallas Keuchel gave up both runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Smith picked up the win to improve to 2-1 on the year. Lance McCullers Jr. will start game three and is 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound after their massive collapse in game two on Friday. Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis recorded an RBI each to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the loss, with Ramirez adding a double to the cause. Michael Brantley, Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez each had a double as well, with Brantley and Cabrera each having two hits, while Gonzalez did his damage in a pinch-hit appearance. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits of his own while Yan Gomes added a base knock as well in the losing effort. Corey Kluber threw 6.1 shutout innings, giving up just seven hits and matching that with seven strikeouts, not factoring in the decision. Andrew Miller took the loss, falling to 1-3 this season with his 3rd blown save of the year. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 5-2 in McCullers Jr.’s last 7 road starts and 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL Central while the under is 16-6-1 in their last 23 games overall. Cleveland is 12-4 in Carrasco’s last 16 home starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL West while the over is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games overall. Houston is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
It’s not often that you get Carrasco at home with a low line. However, I think that just goes to speak to how the Astros have dominated the scoreboard in the first two games of the series, winning by a combined total of 19-4. Sure, the Astros did their damage in the 8th and 9th innings on Friday, but last I checked, it doesn’t matter how you got the job done, as long as you did and the Astros did it in a big way. The fact is, Carrasco has given up three runs or more in four of his last five starts and that may be enough as Cleveland has only scored two runs in each of the first two games so far. All in all, I think Houston and the low line has to be the play considering how the first two games of the set have gone.