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


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.
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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
Hunter Pence 83 69 286 53 85 17 1 18 59 158 6 69 1 .297 .552 .358
Danny Santana 127 109 464 78 132 23 6 27 78 248 19 147 6 .284 .534 .322
Elvis Andrus 144 144 588 79 161 27 4 12 72 232 29 94 8 .274 .395 .311
Willie Calhoun 80 73 297 49 81 14 1 20 45 157 0 51 0 .273 .529 .328
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 68 3 198 96 5 49 7 1 31 0 0 5 38 1245
Brett Martin 50 2 184 62 2 71 7 2 38 0 0 1 18 1011
Shawn Kelley 50 0 139 42 2 52 11 2 24 0 0 2 10 744
Jesse Chavez 48 9 234 72 5 82 12 0 48 0 0 2 22 1307
Chris Martin 38 0 114 43 0 35 8 0 13 0 0 3 4 579
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 86 76 0 50 10 6 0 4
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 64 54 0 12 5 3 0 3
Jose Trevino 37 29 1 9 7 1 0 1
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 93 90 0 0 0 7 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
Matt Joyce 126 37 191 31 57 10 0 7 23 88 0 43 0 .298 .461 .412
Tyler Naquin 89 77 274 34 79 19 0 10 34 128 4 66 2 .288 .467 .325
Francisco Lindor 140 139 589 100 168 39 2 31 72 304 22 97 5 .285 .516 .337
Carlos Santana 156 156 567 110 161 30 1 34 93 295 4 106 0 .284 .520 .399
Oscar Mercado 112 103 430 70 118 25 3 15 54 194 15 81 4 .274 .451 .323
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
Oliver Perez 67 0 122 48 3 38 5 2 20 0 0 3 12 653
Adam Cimber 66 0 168 40 4 53 5 2 27 0 0 0 19 780
Brad Hand 60 0 172 84 4 53 6 5 21 0 0 2 18 946
Nick Wittgren 54 0 170 58 0 45 10 1 22 0 0 0 15 960
Tyler Clippard 53 3 186 64 7 38 8 0 20 0 0 1 15 937
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 118 114 0 29 20 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 58 45 0 19 7 2 0 1
Tim Federowicz 29 23 2 10 4 4 0 2
Aaron Civale 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0