Most didn’t expect Mike Clevinger to last in the rotation all season long nor be a candidate for the postseason rotation but it is hard to argue with the results by the unconventional 26-year-old right-hander. Since mid-June his ERA is 3.21 with a 6-2 record and a 10.2 K/9. His walk rate has also climbed downward substantially in the last month and he has turned in back-to-back scoreless performances on the current 15-game winning streak for the Indians.
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Despite that dominance the Indians are only a modest favorite tonight hosting Baltimore. Since the All Star break Cleveland is 21 games above .500 while outscoring foes by 125 runs. They have outscored Baltimore 28-10 in four games this season and Cleveland is crushing left-handed pitching with a .796 team OPS on the season with the Indians overall posting a .983 OPS the past 13 games.
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Baltimore has been a lousy road team this season and while 3-4 the past seven games all three wins came in walk-off fashion. Baltimore is a worse hitting team vs. right-handed pitching and Clevinger pitched well in a win at Baltimore in June. Wade Miley owns a 4.91 ERA on the season and his road ERA is 5.19.
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Right-handed batters are hitting .290 vs. Miley on the season. It appears Miley is pitching well of late but he has failed top five innings in four of his last seven starts with the coaching staff often unwilling to leave him in a third time through the lineup. Cleveland is clearly one of baseball’s very best teams, a squad dominating on a long winning streak while posted as just a modest favorite tonight at home.
Nelly’s is on a 16-8 MLB run while Bobby Dalton is on a 12-5 MLB run for great late season results. Don’t miss Friday night guarantees on the diamond.