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Cleveland3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 570
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  W: C. Kluber (7-2)   L: D. Keuchel (3-6)   S: C. Allen (6)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, May 19, 2018
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 39,926
Test

Indians-Astros pitching duel continues Saturday

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros

  1. The Indians dropped two of three against Detroit, but managed to win the final game of the series, 6-0. Cleveland is hitting an AL worst .218 on the road this season, and is averaging 3.95 runs per game compared to 5.82 at home.
  2. The Astros have won seven of nine including taking two of three from the Angels. Houston's pitching has held its opponents to three runs or fewer in 10 consecutive games, the longest such streak in MLB this season.
  3. Cleveland took five of six last season against Houston, including a three-game sweep in Houston. In those six games, Cleveland pitching had a 3.17 ERA and averaged 10.3 SO/9 while limiting Houston to a .220 batting average.
  4. In three road starts this year, Mike Clevinger has allowed two runs and seven hits in 21.2 innings. Clevinger's 0.83 ERA on the road ranks second in baseball (Justin Verlander - 0.26) and his .099 road opponent average ranks first (among qualified pitchers).
  5. Charlie Morton is coming off a win against Texas in which he went 7.0 innings allowing just one run on four hits and zero walks to go along with a career-high 14 strikeouts.
  6. In 15 games in May, Francisco Lindor is slashing .431/.486/.923 with eight home runs and eight doubles. Lindor ranks first among qualified batters in the AL in May in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and extra-base hits (16).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/18/2018 thru 5/20/2018

HOUSTON -- Having spent most of this season lauding his starting rotation, a quintet of pitchers worthy of any and all accolades, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was keen to acknowledge just how good the five starters the Cleveland Indians have relied on this season have been.

While the Astros (29-17) entered the series leading the majors in starters' ERA at 2.24, Cleveland ranked second overall at 3.42. True to that form, Astros right-hander Charlie Morton limited the Indians to one run on four hits and one walk over seven innings on Friday, pitching Houston to a 4-1 victory in the opener.

His mound counterpart, Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger, suffered his first loss after allowing two runs in the seventh inning. Prior to that, Clevenger proved to be up to the task of maintaining his road ERA of 0.83, a mark that ranked second in the majors entering Friday.

"They're hard to hit," Hinch said of the Indians' starters. "They get soft contact, they get swings and misses, and they're really tough on right-handed hitters. When you look at Clevinger, (right-hander Corey) Kluber ( Saturday's starter), (right-hander Carlos) Carrasco (on Sunday), we're not facing (Trevor) Bauer and (Josh) Tomlin but they come at you with really good right-handed starters every night.

"They've been that way and they've got a couple guys on the DL who've been tough in the past as well. They haven't gotten the credit that they deserve the last few years of potentially the best starting pitching over a three-year span that's been tough on us for sure."

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 3.10 ERA) will start for Houston on Saturday. He recorded the Astros' lone victory against Cleveland last season, twirling a complete game on April 25 while allowing two runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in a 4-2 road win.

Keuchel, 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA over six career appearances (five starts) against the Indians, has logged at least seven innings in four consecutive starts this season, his longest such streak since doing so over nine appearances from 2016-17.

Kluber (6-2, 2.34 ERA) will pitch on extended rest as the Indians seek to square the series. He has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last 21 starts dating back to Aug. 1, 2017, which is tied with Sonny Siebert for the longest streak by an Indians starter since 1908.

Kluber faced the Astros once last season, striking out 10 batters while limiting Houston to three runs on eight hits and four walks over seven innings in a 4-3 win at Progressive Field. He is 5-3 with a 3.26 ERA over eight career appearances (seven starts) against the Astros, including a 2-2 mark and 3.42 ERA over four games (three starts) at Minute Maid Park.

With off days bracketing their three-game set in Houston, the Indians (21-22) are likely to keep their starters on turn despite the extra rest. The day off Monday will be their third since May 10.

"Yeah, I think so," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We reserve the right to see how we get through the next couple of days, see if the extra day will help them (Clevinger and Kluber)."

Updated May 19, 2018

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