Cleveland Indians versus Oakland A’s (May 12)
The Cleveland Indians finish a weekend series versus the A’s.
Cleveland sits in second in the American League Central, while the A’s are last in the American League West.
Jefry Rodriguez is scheduled to pitch for the Indians and Daniel Mengden is set to make his first appearance of the season for the A’s.
Offensively, the Indians have hard a difficult time scoring consistently. They are averaging a mere 3.6 runs per game.
Lead by the return of Carlos Santana, who is tops on the team in batting average (.289), home runs (5) and RBI (19).
Leonys Martin is tied with Santana with five home runs, while Francisco Lindor has hit four.
Only Jake Bauers, Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin have also surpassed 10 RBI.
The A’s rely heavily on the power production from Matt Chapman and Khris Davis, who each have 10 home runs and have combined to drive in 49.
Stephen Piscotty has been solid with five home runs and 18 RBi, while Marcus Semien leads the team with a .286 average and is in a group of four with four home runs.
As a team, the A’s are hitting only .239 and averaging 4.5 runs per game.
On the mound for the Indians, Rodriguez has very good, despite the 0-2 record.
He has allowed only one home run with 12 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.41 in 18 2/3 innings.
Closer Brad Hand has an ERA under two and has 24 strikeouts and 10 saves in 16 2/3 innings.
Dan Otero, Adam Cimber and Nick Wittgren have combined to 2.60 ERA in 46 innings.
As a team, the Indians have allowed only 3.8 runs per game.
The A’s Daniel Mengden hasn’t pitched yet this season after going 7-6 with an ERA of 4.05 last year.
He may have a bit of an edge over some of the Indians who have never faced him.
Closer Blake Treinen has an ERA of 2.37, while the trio of Lou Trivino, Yusmeiro Petit and Liam Hendricks have allowed just 12 earned runs in 58 innings.
As a unit, the A’s have allowed 4.65 runs per game.
Rodriguez keeps the ball in the park, which should significantly damper the A’s attack that relies on the long ball.
The Indians don’t score much as it is and will face an unfamiliar Mengden.
This has all the makings over being a low scoring game along the lines of 4-2 or 4-3.
The best bet is to go for the “under” and edge to the Indians, the overall better team to win on the road.