A pair of teams in the thick of the American League playoff race kick off a weekend set in the Big Apple. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they open up a four-game series with the New York Yankees Thursday night. Cleveland dropped the rubber game of their three-game home set with the Red Sox, falling 5-1 Wednesday afternoon. New York continued their assault on the Orioles, sweeping a four-game series with a 6-5 win on Wednesday afternoon at home. The Indians took two of three meetings in the first series this season, which came at home June 7-9.
Cleveland Indians Hope to Bounce Back
Cleveland dropped two straight at home to the Red Sox, including the series finale Wednesday, to lose the series. The Indians enter this one second in the AL Central, half a game behind the Twins: they held the top wild card spot. Cleveland finished with just four hits in the game Wednesday with no player having more than one: Francisco Lindor scored the team’s lone run on a wild pitch in the third inning. Shane Bieber (12-5) turned in a quality start but took the loss: he allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 14, 2019
Adam Plutko takes the ball for his 13th appearance and 12th start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He is 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA, a 1.194 WHIP, 10 walks and 39 strikeouts over 65.1 innings of work on the year. Plutko took the loss in his last start, which came Saturday on the road against the Twins. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in a 4-1 Cleveland defeat. Plutko is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, four walks and eight strikeouts over 16.2 innings of work in his last three starts. He beat the Yankees in his lone career start against them, which came at home on June 8. In that outing, he threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in an 8-4 Indians win. In his 32nd career major league appearance and his 24th start, Plutko pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time.
New York Yankees Cruising in AL East Race
New York beat Baltimore for the 16th straight time this season as they swept a four-game set with Wednesday’s win. The Yankees entered Wednesday night with a 9.5 game advantage over the Rays in the AL East after picking up their fifth straight win. Gary Sanchez (two runs, three RBI) had three hits to lead New York, including his 26th homer of the season, 10 of which came against Baltimore. J.A. Happ (10-7) earned the win as he allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over five innings. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth, allowing one hit with no walks and two strikeouts, for his 33rd save of the year.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 14, 2019
Chad Green is in line to get the call to start here as the Yankees deploy the opener strategy here after a doubleheader earlier this week: this would be his 42nd appearance and 12th start of the year. He comes in 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA, a 1.396 WHIP, 12 walks and 61 strikeouts over 48 innings of work this season. Green didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing, which came in a start Monday at home against the Orioles. He allowed no runs on no hits with no walks and one strikeout in 1.1 innings of an 11-8 Yankees win. In his last three starts, Green has no record, a 0.00 ERA, a 0.60 WHIP, two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work. He is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, four walks and 27 strikeouts over 15 innings in six career appearances, two starts, against the Indians. Green is 7-2 with two saves, a 2.69 ERA, a 1.068 WHIP, 30 walks and 134 strikeouts over 117 innings in 78 career outings, 11 starts, at Yankee Stadium.
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