Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics
|Date & Time||Sunday May 12, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians +118 / Oakland Athletics -128 -- Over/Under: 9
The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Indians have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 37 hits and 19 RBI while Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez have combined for 58 hits and 24 RBI. Jefry Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 44 hits and 18 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 80 hits and 41 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he was 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA and 72 strikeouts last season. This will be Mengden’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 100-49 in their last 149 vs. a team with a losing record, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Athletics are 45-20 in their last 65 home games, 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games and 7-2 in Mengdens last 9 starts. The Indians are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Oakland and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 5-0-1 in Mengdens last 6 starts overall. The under is 4-0 in Indians last 4 overall.
Rodriguez has been very solid through 18.2 innings this season, allowing just 15 hits and five runs while striking out 12, but it doesn't matter when the Indians can't score runs. In fact, the Indians have been shutout in two of Rodriguez's three starts this season. Daniel Mengden will make his season debut, and while I usually shy away from spots like this, he had his moments last year and could be pitching for a longer stretch in the big leagues if he does well considering the A's pitching situation at the moment. Mengden will be motivated to impress in this start. The Oakland Athletics are also a more trustworthy offensive team at the moment. I'll take the A's and the cheap price at home.