CLEVELAND, Ohio — Here is the preview and pitching matchups for the Indians’ four-game series against Baltimore.
Where/when: Progressive Field, Thursday through Sunday.
TV/radio: SportsTime Ohio and WTAM and WMMS will carry the series.
Pitching matchups and starting times: RHP Dan Straily (1-3, 8.23) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.02) Thursday at 6:10 p.m.; RHP Dylan Bundy (1-5, 5.31) vs. RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-2, 2.92) Friday at 7:10 p.m.; LHP John Means (5-3, 2.33) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (2-2, 3.81) Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and undecided vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-3, 4.18) Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Series: The Indians went 5-2 against the Orioles last year. Overall, the Indians lead, 1,136-863.
Thursday: Bauer, coming off 10-strikeout, no-decision against the A’s, is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA against the Orioles. Chris Davis is hitting .308 (4-for-13) against him.
Straily, who has allowed 11 earned runs in his last two starts, is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA against the Indians. Tribe hitters who have faced Straily are hitting .118 (4-for-34) against him.
Friday: Rodriguez, with a no-decision against the Orioles last year as a member of the Nationals, is coming off his first AL win. He’s thrown three straight quality starts.
Bundy, 1-5 in his last six starts, is 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA against the Tribe. Jason Kipnis is hitting .444 (4-for-9) against him.
Saturday: Bieber, who allowed four homers in his last start, has never faced the Orioles. He’s 0-2 in his last five starts.
Means, 4-1 in his last five starts, opened the season in the bullpen. He’s never faced the Indians.
Sunday: Carrasco, working on a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings, is 4-2 with a 2.06 ERA against the Orioles. Trey Mancini is 2-for-6 against him. The Orioles have not named a starter for Sunday.
Team updates: The Indians have won eight of their last 10 games against the Orioles. Francisco Lindor, their hottest hitter, is batting .394 (13-for-33) over his last eight games. The Orioles, playing a doubleheader against the Yankees on Wednesday, have lost 14 of their last 20 games. Chris Davis, who started the season 0-for-33, is hitting .290 (18-for-62) with five homers and 15 RBI in his last 21 games.
Injured list: Orioles – LHP Richard Bieir (left shoulder), RHP Alex Cobb (back) and 1B-DH Mark Trumbo (right knee) are on in the injured list. Indians – OF Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder), RHP Danny Salazar (right shoulder), RHP Mike Clevinger (strained terres major muscle), RHP Corey Kluber (right ulna bone) and RF Tyler Naquin are on the injured list. RF Tyler Naquin (left calf) is day to day.
Next: Oakland visits Progressive Field on Monday to start a three-game series.
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