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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 5/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON  MORTON )
 
CLEVELAND  CLEVINGER )
-1.5  +120

+1.5  -140
-125

+115

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Final
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HOUSTON (32 - 18) at CLEVELAND (24 - 23)
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Thursday, 5/24/2018 6:10 PM
CHARLIE MORTON (R) vs. MIKE CLEVINGER (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
911HOUSTON-120Ov 8,-120-125Ov 8,-120
912CLEVELAND+110Un 8,+100+115Un 8,+100
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games32-18+0.616-314.70.2550.3250.3960.7222.50.1960.2520.3150.568
Road Games16-7+5.48-135.40.2760.3480.4210.7692.10.1860.2560.2850.542
vs Right-handed Starters22-11+3.110-214.70.2520.3230.3970.7202.50.1970.2580.3060.565
Past 7 Games6-1+4.82-44.70.2590.3140.4060.7201.90.1970.2510.3230.574
Grass Games32-18+0.616-314.70.2550.3250.3960.7222.50.1960.2520.3150.568
Night Games20-13-38-234.30.2530.3270.3750.7022.30.1910.2460.3080.554
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.70.2550.325501675427843490.3962251754082134451153615
Road Games5.40.2760.34823812224512210.421119901886172276187
Righty Starters4.70.2520.323331094276552330.3971461142611422333112111
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.761.060127.3403910310321396-712570.6%
Road Games1.920.88756.3121233217601-250100%

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games24-23-9.324-224.80.2470.3120.4130.7254.20.2370.2890.4030.692
Home Games13-9-2.714-85.80.2770.3440.4570.8014.90.2490.2970.4270.724
vs Right-handed Starters13-16-11.514-144.40.2420.3040.4020.7064.20.2360.2880.4020.690
Past 7 Games4-3+1.23-44.60.2550.3360.3890.7253.00.2490.2960.4130.709
Grass Games24-23-9.324-224.80.2470.3120.4130.7254.20.2370.2890.4030.692
Night Games12-15-9.113-144.10.2420.3070.4080.7154.10.2410.2960.4000.697
CLEVELAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.80.2470.312471641405784620.4132171564002532626294119
Home Games5.80.2770.34422762211432300.457123781731315912161611
Righty Starters4.40.2420.304291020247493360.402125912571420414182216
CLEVELAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.511.416119.3787312321461223-119660%
Home Games6.211.39662.34743641123683-55362.5%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/11/2018VERLANDER(R)TEXASHAMELS(L)0-1L-2508.5 unU171551
5/12/2018MORTON(R)TEXASFISTER(R)6-1W-2258.5 unU840431
5/13/2018KEUCHEL(L)TEXASMOORE(L)6-1W-2758.5 ovU9100662
5/14/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ LA ANGELSHEANEY(L)1-2L-1308 unU640420
5/15/2018COLE(R)@ LA ANGELSBARRIA(R)5-3W-1608 unP740842
5/16/2018VERLANDER(R)@ LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)2-0W-1307.5 unU540561
5/18/2018MORTON(R)CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)4-1W-1657.5 unU1070890
5/19/2018KEUCHEL(L)CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)4-5L-1157 evO951730
5/20/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)3-1W-1357.5 evU960341
5/22/2018COLE(R)SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)11-2W-2557.5 ovO1360760
5/23/2018VERLANDER(R)SAN FRANCISCOSAMARDZIJA(R)4-1W-3107.5 ovU560662
5/24/2018MORTON(R)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R) 
5/25/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ CLEVELANDKLUBER(R) 
5/26/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R) 
5/27/2018COLE(R)@ CLEVELANDBAUER(R) 
5/28/2018VERLANDER(R)@ NY YANKEESGERMAN(R) 
5/29/2018MORTON(R)@ NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L) 
5/30/2018 @ NY YANKEES  
5/31/2018 BOSTON  

CLEVELAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/11/2018BAUER(R)KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)9-10L-2408.5 ovO85215100
5/12/2018CLEVINGER(R)KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)6-2W-1958.5 evU960841
5/13/2018KLUBER(R)KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)11-2W-2558 unO15102980
5/14/2018CARRASCO(R)@ DETROITFIERS(R)3-6L-2258.5 ovO780871
5/15/2018TOMLIN(R)@ DETROITLIRIANO(L)8-9L-1359.5 unO131201041
5/16/2018BAUER(R)@ DETROITCARPENTER(L)6-0W-2259 unU1070531
5/18/2018CLEVINGER(R)@ HOUSTONMORTON(R)1-4L1557.5 unU8901070
5/19/2018KLUBER(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)5-4W1057 evO730951
5/20/2018CARRASCO(R)@ HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)1-3L1257.5 evU341960
5/22/2018BAUER(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSCHATWOOD(R)10-1W-1057.5 ovO1110010110
5/23/2018PLUTKO(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)1-0W1558 ovU970360
5/24/2018CLEVINGER(R)HOUSTONMORTON(R) 
5/25/2018KLUBER(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L) 
5/26/2018CARRASCO(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R) 
5/27/2018BAUER(R)HOUSTONCOLE(R) 
5/28/2018 CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R) 
5/29/2018CLEVINGER(R)CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R) 
5/30/2018 CHI WHITE SOX  
5/31/2018 @ MINNESOTA  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
CLEVELAND: 2017: 102-60, first place, lost to Yankees in ALDS.
MANAGER: Terry Francona (sixth season).
ADDITIONS: 1B-DH Yonder Alonso, LF Rajai Davis, RHP Alexi Ogando.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Carlos Santana, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan.
OUTLOOK: No team has felt postseason pain lately quite like the Indians. They blew a 3-1 lead and lost the 2016 World Series to the Cubs, and squandered a 2-0 advantage in last year's best-of-five Division Series against the Yankees. With arguably baseball's strongest rotation led by Kluber, the Indians are poised to possibly end a championship drought approaching its 70th anniversary. Alonso must help the offense offset the losses of Santana and Bruce. Francona won't have Shaw in the bullpen anymore after the durable reliever pitched in at least 74 games each of the past four seasons. Winning the AL Central won't suffice for the Indians, who are determined to finish the job this year.
PREVIEW
Astros, Indians reconvene to wrap up season series
 

CLEVELAND -- The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, two teams that are expected to reach the postseason again in 2018, will play their season series over the span of nine days in May.

After the Astros won two of three games last weekend in Houston, the Indians will host the Astros in a four-game series beginning Thursday night at Progressive Field.

Not surprisingly, two of the four pitching matchups for this series are identical to two from last weekend. That includes the Thursday night matchup of Houston's Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) versus Cleveland's Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87).

On May 18 at Houston, Morton and the Astros beat Clevinger and the Indians 4-1. Morton was outstanding, pitching seven innings and allowing one run, four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.

Clevinger, who was 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA through his first eight starts of the season, pitched 6 1/3 innings in that game -- his ninth start, giving up three runs, eight hits and a season-high four walks, with six strikeouts.

"There's not much room for error," said Clevinger, about the challenge of facing the Astros' high-octane lineup. "They're loaded from top to bottom, but we're right there with them. There's nothing they have that we don't have."

Indeed, the two American League rivals have had very spirited games over the last few years, with Cleveland holding a slight edge. Since the start of the 2016 season the Indians are 9-7 versus the Astros. Cleveland won five of six meetings last season.

In three career starts against the Astros, Clevinger is 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA, while in three career starts against the Indians Morton is 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA.

The defending World Series champion Astros (32-18) have picked right up this year from how they finished last year during their impressive march to the winner's circle, when they won 101 games in the regular season.

The same cannot be said about the Indians.

Cleveland won 102 games last year, including an American League-record 22-game winning streak. But the Indians were surprisingly eliminated in their Division Series against the Yankees, when they won the first two games, but lost the last three.

The hangover from that shockingly quick exit from the 2017 postseason appears to be lingering this year. Cleveland has been loitering at or around the .500 mark for most of this season. The Indians come into Thursday's game having won their last two games in Chicago, where they outscored the Cubs 11-1 in sweeping two games. That boosted the Indians' record to 24-23, the first time they've had a winning record since May 5, when they were 17-16.

The Indians' starting pitching has been outstanding, and their hitting, led by Michael Brantley, has been very good. Brantley has a 12-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .365, with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

"He's a pro," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Brantley. "It's fun to watch him have success, knowing all the work he put in to get healthy."

The Indians' biggest problem is their bullpen.

After having the best bullpen in the league the last two years, the Indians are last in the American League in bullpen ERA this year. The Indians' 5.65 bullpen ERA is almost three runs higher than their league-leading 2.89 ERA last season.

The Astros, meanwhile, continue to roll. They put the finishing touches on a 4-1 homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

George Springer hit his 10th homer and Justin Verlander struck out nine in six innings as the Astros won for the 11th time in 14 games.

"I'm obviously happy that we are starting to pull things together," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "We're a good team, and we're playing like it. I think we're starting to do a lot of things right. I like our defense, I like our pitching, I like our hitting. I like our team at Game 1 and I like our team at Game 50."


Last Updated: 9/23/2018 4:23:26 AM EST


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