After playing solid baseball and starting the road trip off with a victory, Oakland has lost three in a row and those betting baseball might be souring on the Athletics in Cleveland.
The Indians, like the Chicago Cubs have not been close to being the same team since World Series appearance and they would like to build momentum and sweep this four-game series. Here are all the facets to consider for tonight and I will try and improve on recent 5-1 record.
Since coming off the DL in May, Sonny Gray (2-1, 3.34 ERA) has been gathering steam and his last outing was his finest, seven innings of three-hit baseball, that included 11 K’s, one walk and one run conceded to Miami. Gray has consistent low-90’s fastball with good movement and a sharp-breaking curve. In five career starts against Cleveland, Gray is 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA.
Trevor Bauer (4-4, 6.30) has an unsightly ERA, yet he is making progress and if he can clean up one element, he could turn into a real asset. In Bauer’s past three starts, he has 22 strikeouts and only three walks over 17 innings. What continues to hold him back is surrendering the deep shot. In nine starts the right-hander has given up 11 home runs and in just one start has he escaped the long ball this season. Against Oakland he is 0-1 with 2.89 ERA in three starts.