A pair of teams trying to stay in the wild card race in the American League continue a series down in the Lone Star State. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they play the third game of a four-game series with the Texas Rangers Wednesday night. In the opening game of the series, Texas picked up a 7-2 win Monday night to draw first blood. In the second game of the series Tuesday night, it was Zach Plesac taking the mound for the Indians against the Rangers’ Adrian Sampson. First pitch in the contest was scheduled for 8:05 pm ET.
Cleveland Indians Chasing in AL Central Race
Cleveland had won three straight and four of five before getting knocked off in the opening game of this set. The Indians entered Tuesday second in the AL Central, 10 games behind the Twins: they trailed the Rangers and Red Sox by 1.5 games for the second wild card spot. Francisco Lindor (run, RBI) and Jake Bauers each had two hits for Cleveland in the defeat. Lindor (his 12th) and Oscar Mercado (his fourth) each hit a solo homer in the loss for the Indians. Mike Clevinger (1-1) took the loss on the mound as he allowed five runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 4.2 innings in his return from the injured list.
Clev returned to action last night in Arlington.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 18, 2019
Adam Plutko takes the ball for his fifth start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He is 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA, a 1.029 WHIP, three walks and 17 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work on the year. Plutko earned the win in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Tigers. He threw six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in a 13-4 Cleveland victory. Plutko is 2-1 with a 5.71 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, one walk and 13 strikeouts over 17.1 innings of work in his last three starts. In his 24th career appearance and 17th major league start, he pitches against the Rangers for the first time. As a result, this marks his first career outing at Globe Life Park.
Texas Rangers Seek to Hold Playoff Position
Texas won for the third time in four games as they rolled to the victory in the opening game of this set. The Rangers entered Tuesday second in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the Astros: they were tied with Boston for the second wild card spot. Texas got two hits from Danny Santana (two runs, two RBI) and Ronald Guzman (two runs) in the victory. Lance Lynn (8-4) turned in another quality start as he picked up the victory on the mound. He threw seven innings, allowing a run on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Elvis wanted to join the party! pic.twitter.com/hHmnBXdSra
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 18, 2019
Joe Palumbo, barring a sudden change of fortune where the Rangers find a depth starter, is in line to make his second start of the year. He comes in with no record, a 9.00 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, no walks and four strikeouts at the major league level. Palumbo didn’t factor in the decision in his major league debut, which came in the opening game of a doubleheader against the A’s at home on June 8. He threw four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in an eventual 10-5 Rangers victory. In his second major league start, Palumbo pitches against the Indians for the first time. His major league debut came at Globe Life Park, giving him an outing at the park. In the minor leagues this season, Palumbo has no record with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.267 WHIP, 25 walks and 69 strikeouts over 53.2 innings in 11 appearances, 10 starts, with Double-A Frisco of the Texas League.
- Indians are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League West
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League Central
- Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning record
- Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record