Colorado Rockies (64-48 SU, 59-53 RL, 48-58-6 O/U) vs Cleveland Indians (59-50 SU, 47-62 RL, 42-59-8 O/U)
When: 12:10 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Lines: Cleveland -165/ Colorado +155
Interleague MLB action this afternoon and the Colorado Rockies will duke it out with the Cleveland Indians in game two of their brief two-game series from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Pitching Probables: Antonio Senzatela (10-4, 4.78 ERA) will toe the slab for the Rockies in this one, while the Indians will be sending out Trevor Bauer (10-8, 5.00 ERA).
A Rare Blown Save For Greg Holland
The Colorado Rockies have a half a game lead over the Diamondbacks in the Wildcard standing and they are six games above the Brewers, who are in 3rd place in the standings, so they are in good shape for getting into the playoffs. Still, they don;t need home losses to the Phillies like they had on Sunday. The Rockies took the first two games of that series and they had a 2-1 lead heading to the 9th of game three, but the Phils tagged closer Greg Holland for two runs in the top of the 9th and then held on for the win. It was just his 2nd blown save on the year and it was a bit of a shocker as he leads the league in saves with 34. Holland is now 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA on the year and he blew a very solid start from Jeff Hoffman, who allowed just one ER on four hits in 7.0 inning of work. He also had eight Ks and just one walk. The Rockies have gone 29-27 on the road for the year. Taking the hill for the Rockies will be Antonio Senzatela and he has gone 10-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) in this his first year in the league, including 1-2 with a 10.29 ERA in his last three starts and 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA in nine games (seven starts) on the road. Senzatela is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in three games (two starts) in interleague play and 3-2 with a 6.00 ERA in nine games (eight starts) in the daytime. This will be his first meeting with the Indians.
Colorado has been strong on offense this year so far as they come in ranked 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.29 rpg, while also ranking 2nd in hitting at .276 and 18th in homers with 131. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in ERA at 4.68, while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.40.
Carrasco Struggles In Loss To The Yankees
The Cleveland Indians are atop the American League Central standings as they have a 3.0 game lead over the Kansas City Royals, but they are not playing great ball at the moment as they have lost five of their last seven games, heading into Tuesday night’s game. They come in off a four-game set here at home against the New York Yankees and after taking the first two games, they lost the last two by scores of 2-1 and 8-1. The offense was hot, but the Yanks shut them down in the final two games of that series. The Tribe had been getting some solid pitching from Carlos Carrasco, but he was hit pretty hard in the 8-1 loss on Sunday as he allowed five ERs on six hits in just 5.2 innings of work. It was his 2nd bad outing in a row as he allowed five ERs on six hits in just 1.2 innings of work in a 12-10 loss at Boston in his previous outing. Carrasco is now 10-5 with a 4.06 ERA on the year and the Indians are now 30-26 here at home for the year. Toeing the rubber for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer and he has gone 10-8 with a 5.00 ERA in 21 starts on the year, including 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts and 7-3 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 starts here at home. Bauer is 7-5 with a 3.14 ERa in 20 games (19 starts) in interleague play in his career and 14-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 43 games (37 starts) in the daytime, plus he is 23-18 with a 4.48 ERA in 64 games (60 starts) here at Progressive Field in his career, while against the Rockies he is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in two starts.
Cleveland has been a solid offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.86 rpg, while also ranking 6th in hitting at .261 and 21st in homers with 129. On the mound, they have been strong so far this year as they come in ranked 5th in the league in ERA at 3.77, while also ranking 2nd in WHIP at 1.22.
- 35-73 in their last 108 interleague
- 3-14 in their last 17 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 7-1 in their last eight home games vs. a right-handed starter
- 8-2 in Bauer’s last 10 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
The Colorado Rockies are trying to hold on to the top spot in the National League Wildcard standings, while the Indians are looking to expand on their lead in the American League Central, which makes this a big series for both teams. The Rockies have been a decent road team this year, while the Indians have been mediocre at home. The Rockies have not been a good offensive team on the road, which is normal for them and they will be facing a hot Trevor Bauer, who is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts. He is now 7-3 with a 4.07 ERA here at home for the year. Antonio Senzatela has really struggled of late as he has a 10.29 ERA in his last three starts and he is 2-2 with a 4.72 ERA on the road. The Rockies are a solid team, but the Indians are a bit better, especially at home and they have the big edge on the mound. Look for the Indians to take this one.