A pair of American League rivals looking to gain some momentum open up a set on the shores of Lake Erie. The Baltimore Orioles are on the road as they play the first game of a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians Thursday night. Baltimore played the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees Wednesday night after back to back rainouts Monday and Tuesday: they were defeated 5-3 in the opener Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland split a two-game set in the Windy City with the White Sox, rolling to a 9-0 win Tuesday. The Indians won the season series last season 5-2, including taking two of three at home in the last series August 17-19, 2018.
Baltimore Orioles Kick Off Series After Busy Wednesday
Baltimore was washed out on Monday and Tuesday, forcing them into a doubleheader Wednesday. After dropping the opening game of that doubleheader, the Orioles had dropped five of their last six games heading into Wednesday night’s second game: they fell 11.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. Baltimore got two hits from Joey Rickard and Austin Wynns (RBI) while Renato Nunez (his seventh) and Trey Mancini (his eighth) each homered in the loss. David Hess (1-5) took the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts over six innings.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 12, 2019
Dan Straily makes his eighth appearance, seventh start, for the Orioles in this contest hoping to get some positive momentum. He comes in 1-3 with an 8.23 ERA, a 1.829 WHIP, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts over 27.1 innings of action this year. Straily took the loss in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Angels. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing six runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in an 8-3 Orioles loss. Straily is 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA, a 1.82 WHIP, six walks and nine strikeouts over 12.2 innings in his last three starts. He is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, six walks and 11 strikeouts over 11.2 innings in two career starts against the Indians. Straily recorded a no-decision in his lone start at Progressive Field, which came on July 8, 2015 with the Astros. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a 4-2 Houston loss.
Cleveland Indians Trying to Gain Ground in AL Central
Cleveland split a short two-game set on the south side of Chicago with the White Sox as they rolled to a shutout win on Tuesday. The Indians enter this contest 4.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central race. Jordan Luplow (his third and fourth), Jose Ramirez (his fourth), Roberto Perez (his fifth) and Jake Bauers (his fourth) all went deep in the contest as the Tribe launched five homers. Carlos Carrasco (4-3) earned the win as he threw seven shutout frames in the game. He allowed six hits with no walks and six strikeouts before turning things over to the bullpen.
Carlos Carrasco has DOMINATED the White Sox this season. 🍪
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 15, 2019
Trevor Bauer takes the ball to log his 10th start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He comes in 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.106 WHIP, 27 walks and 72 strikeouts over 59.2 innings of work this season. Bauer didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against Oakland Saturday afternoon. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on two hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in a 3-2 Indians loss as the bullpen gave up the winning run in the ninth. Bauer is 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, eight walks and 27 strikeouts over 19 innings of work in his last three starts. He is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA, a 1.442 WHIP, 13 walks and 35 strikeouts over 34.2 innings in six career starts against the Orioles. Bauer is 33-21 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, 184 walks and 527 strikeouts over 505.1 innings in 85 career appearances, 81 starts, at Progressive Field.
- Orioles are 14-57 in their last 71 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- Orioles are 10-43 in their last 53 during game 1 of a series
- Orioles are 2-11 in their last 13 Thursday games
- Indians are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. American League East
- Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day