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Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 06-20-2019 in MLB


The Cleveland Indians hope to continue their offensive surge and put an exclamation point on a terrific road trip when they visit the Texas Rangers for the finale of their four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Jason Kipnis belted a pair of homers and recorded four RBIs in Wednesday's 10-4 triumph as the Indians improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trek during which they have scored a total of 47 runs and 20 in the last two contests.

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Cleveland rookie Oscar Mercado has gone 12-for-28 with seven runs scored over his last six games while Carlos Santana has reached base in 32 of his last 33 contests after notching a pair of hits in Wednesday's win. Shane Bieber looks to finish the trip with another strong performance on the mound while Mike Minor gets the start for the Rangers, who have lost five of their last eight games to fall out of the second wild-card spot in the American League. Texas finished with 10 hits on Wednesday but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Danny Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera (2-for-4, two RBIs) belted solo homers while the former has gone 8-for-17 with a pair of blasts in his last five contests for the Rangers, who are 4-12 against Cleveland since the start of the 2017 season.

TV: 2:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Shane Bieber (6-2, 3.92 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Mike Minor (6-4, 2.63)

Bieber is unbeaten in his last six starts, including last time out in Detroit as he gave up two runs with 12 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old Californian is 4-0 with a 4.08 ERA during his unbeaten streak and has registered 108 strikeouts in 85 frames this season. Bieber, who will be facing the Rangers for the first time in his young career, is 4-1 with a 4.05 ERA in seven games (six starts) on the road in 2019.

Minor recorded the victory at Cincinnati on Saturday after permitting three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings - the 10th straight time he has allowed three runs or fewer. The 31-year-old Vanderbilt product has produced four quality starts in his last six outings, recording 99 strikeouts in 95 2/3 frames. Leonys Martin is 2-for-3 against Minor, who is 1-0 while working 8 1/3 scoreless innings in six career relief appearances versus Cleveland.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo has reached base in 32 consecutive home games after going 2-for-4 on Wednesday.

2. Kipnis has recorded 10 of his 25 RBIs in his last four games, going 7-for-15 with three homers in that span.

3. Texas OF Willie Calhoun has reached base in all nine of his major-league games this season, going 12-for-35 with nine RBIs.

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Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 52,419

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Last Injuries

Texas Rangers

  • Hunter Pence

    Groin
    Prob Tues | probable

    Pence has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a strained right groin. He is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Mendez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right UCL strain. He is not expected to return until at least the latter half of July.

  • Kyle Dowdy

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Dowdy is on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement, and he is expected to be out of action until the latter part of July.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the latter portion of July.

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa

    Finger
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Kiner-Falefa has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger ligament sprain. He is lining up to be reinstated from the IL during the end of July.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right elbow. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the latter half of July.

  • Shin-Soo Choo

    Ankle
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Choo departed the previous game due to left ankle soreness, but he is likely to play Thursday against the Astros.

Cleveland Indians

  • Dan Otero

    Shoulder
    Early Aug | 10-day IL

    Otero has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be sidelined until the start of August.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    Mid Aug | 60-day IL

    Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone and is expected to be sidelined until at least the middle of August.

  • Cody Anderson

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Anderson has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Danny Salazar

    Shoulder
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Salazar has been placed on the 60-day injured list while he recovers from arthroscopic right shoulder surgery. He suffered a setback in his recovery, and he is expected to remain away from the mound until the latter portion of July.

  • Bradley Zimmer

    Shoulder
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Zimmer has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from labrum surgery on his right shoulder. He is likely to be activated toward the latter half of July.

  • Tyler Naquin

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Naquin missed the previous game after tweaking his back and is expected to play Sunday against the Twins.

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Illness
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Carrasco has been placed on the 10-day injured list as he has been diagnosed with leukemia. It is anticipated that he will return to the mound during the latter part of July.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Danny Santana 69 53 231 45 73 14 3 13 35 132 11 69 5 .316 .571 .351
Elvis Andrus 85 85 348 51 103 19 3 8 48 152 21 57 4 .296 .437 .335
Hunter Pence 57 49 202 45 58 14 1 15 48 119 3 48 1 .287 .589 .345
Shin-Soo Choo 90 84 340 61 97 23 2 15 38 169 8 95 1 .285 .497 .384
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jose Leclerc 43 3 131 66 4 33 5 0 22 0 0 4 22 811
Jesse Chavez 39 9 206 62 5 70 12 0 41 0 0 2 20 1138
Chris Martin 36 0 109 40 0 32 7 0 12 0 0 3 3 547
Shawn Kelley 32 0 99 32 0 33 6 0 11 0 0 1 5 506
Brett Martin 28 0 102 28 0 38 6 2 19 0 0 1 8 516
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 55 50 0 39 4 3 0 3
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 38 30 0 12 5 1 0 3
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 83 80 0 0 0 6 0 0
Chris Martin 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Mike Freeman 38 22 77 13 23 4 0 3 13 36 1 26 2 .299 .468 .396
Carlos Santana 94 94 340 66 98 19 1 21 54 182 4 61 0 .288 .535 .405
Tyler Naquin 59 51 185 21 53 14 0 8 28 91 4 45 1 .286 .492 .320
Francisco Lindor 76 75 312 47 89 18 1 15 35 154 13 59 2 .285 .494 .343
Matt Joyce 75 8 85 13 24 7 0 3 10 40 0 20 0 .282 .471 .390
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Brad Hand 42 0 122 64 2 30 3 1 10 0 0 1 10 618
Adam Cimber 41 0 108 25 2 28 4 1 12 0 0 0 11 505
Oliver Perez 39 0 76 32 2 27 3 1 11 0 0 3 3 406
Tyler Olson 35 0 81 26 0 30 3 2 11 0 0 2 12 454
Nick Wittgren 33 0 110 39 0 29 5 1 13 0 0 0 8 621
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 69 67 0 26 13 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 36 28 0 12 4 1 0 1
Tim Federowicz 21 16 2 5 2 3 0 2
Adam Cimber 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Plutko 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0