Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Cleveland Indians -115 / Texas Rangers +105 -- O/U: 11.5
FS-Southwest, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers meet in game three of their four game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to build momentum after evening the set up at one win apiece following their 10-3 win in game two on Tuesday. Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each had three RBIs with Ramirez hitting a home run. Tyler Naquin had a home run and two RBIs while Jake Bauers and Roberto Perez each hit solo home runs to round off Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the win with Bauers going 3 for 5 at the dish with a double. Oscar Mercado went 2 for 5 with a triple and Mike Freeman went 2 for 5 with a double while Jordan Luplow had a base hit as well in the victory. Zach Plesac got the win to improve to 2-2 on the year after giving up one run on two hits while walking five and striking out six over seven innings of work. Adam Plutko will start game three and is 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Tuesday. Willie Calhoun had a home run and two RBIs while Rougned Odor added a solo home run in the losing effort. Nomar Mazara went 2 for 4 while Danny Santana had a base knock as well as the Rangers cranked out just five hits as a team in the defeat. Adrian Sampson gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out four over three innings of work. Joe Palumbo will start game three and is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Palumbo’s first career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-1 in Plutko’s last 6 starts and 23-9 in their last 32 Wednesday games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. Texas is 15-5 in their last 20 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 game three matchups while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 games overall. Cleveland is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
The Rangers have been a tough out at home as of late, but the issue here is that Palumbo didn’t have the greatest debut, giving up four runs in four innings and I’m still not confident backing him even at home. Plutko has looked capable in each of his first two starts back in the Indians’ starting rotation, and I just find Plutko easier to trust here and will probably go deeper in the game than Palumbo will. I think Cleveland takes the lead in the series with a win on Wednesday.