2016 Game 61: Indians at Angels

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Indians at Angels

GAME INFORMATION

Cleveland Indians (33-26, 1st AL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (26-34, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 70F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Corey Kluber (5-6, 3.84 ERA)

Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 20, 2016 (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 20, 2016 (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Kluber has had quite an up & down season but seems to be on a hot streak over his last four outings. Over those 4 starts he is 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA. His last start against the Royals was a good one. He held Kansas City scoreless on just 2 hits over 6 innings, mixing in 6 strikeouts to take the victory in a game the Indians won 7-0.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (3-3, 5.07 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 31, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 31, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Santiago has had a rough go of it since his brilliant 8 shutout innings in Seattle on May 15. Since then he’s had two of the shortest outings of his career and was even ejected from a game for arguing balls & strikes. His last game in Pittsburgh was not horrible, but it wasn’t good either. He held the Pirates to 3 runs, but threw 90 pitches in just 4 innings and created a lot of work for the bullpen. In the end the Angels won the game 5-4, but Santiago did not factor into the decision.

Game Notes

  • When the Angels are at the plate Friday, it’ll be a matchup of strength versus strength. Kluber (5-6, 3.84 ERA) strikes out just under one batter per inning, but he’ll have a tough task in that department versus the Angels. Angels batters have struck out the fewest times in baseball this season with almost 40 fewer K’s than the next most disciplined team.
  • Though Friday’s contest will be a home contest for the Halos, it still won’t be the most comfortable of games. The Angels played a night game in New York Thursday night and had to travel home across three time zones to play in Anaheim on Friday.
  • Anaheim is the second stop on the Indians’ 10-game road trip, sandwiched in between stops in Seattle and Kansas City. Cleveland hitters have been far less productive on the road this season than at home, scoring about 40 fewer runs in one more game, but Indians pitchers have made up for that, allowing about 20 fewer runs.

Starting Lineups

Cleveland

  1. CF-Rajai Davis – .257
  2. 2B-Jason Kipnis – .263
  3. SS-Francisco Lindor – .302
  4. 1B-Mike Napoli – .234
  5. DH-Carlos Santana – .221
  6. LF-Jose Ramirez – .306
  7. 3B-Juan Uribe – .223
  8. C-Yan Gomes – .176
  9. RF-Michael Martinez – .267

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar -.311
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .299
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .308
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .236
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .375
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .256
  7. LF-Rafael Ortega – .244
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .197
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .277

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 37-23 (.617)
  2. Seattle: 33-27 (.550) – 4 GB
  3. Houston: 29-33 (.468) – 9 GB
  4. Angels: 26-34 (.433) – 11 GB
  5. Oakland: 25-34 (.424) – 11.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston @ Tampa Bay – 4:10pm PT
  • Oakland @ Cincinnati – 4:10pm PT
  • Texas @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

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