On Saturday, the Houston Astros visit the Cleveland Indians for the third-game of a four-game series hosted by the Indians.
Houston won the opening game of the series 8-2 on Thursday. Astros pitcher Charlie Morton kept his perfect record intact and is now 7-0. Jake Marisnick and Alex Bergman each smacked three-run home runs in the 6-run victory. Morton allowed five hits and two runs and has now won 10 straight games dating back to last season. Michael Brantley gave the Indians a brief lead with his two-run single during the third inning. However, three runs during the fifth and five in the sixth hurt Cleveland’s changes against Morton. Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger did not allow a run over the first four innings, but in the fifth gave up a three-run homer to the Astros. Bergman knocked in another run with a double during the sixth. Cleveland has four of its outfielders on the disabled list with each at least a week away from returning.
Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a .306 batting average and team high 63 hits. George Sprinter is leading the team in home runs with 10. Carlos Correa has a team high 32 RBIs. Houston has a team batting average of .257, while opposing hitters are averaging just .196 at the plate against Astros pitching. Houston will send Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound. The right-hander this season is 6-2 with an ERA of 3.20, 66 Ks and 23 BBs.
Michael Bradley leads the Indians with a .335 batting average. Jose Ramirez is the team leader in home runs with 14 and RBIs with 34. Cleveland has a team batting average of .247 while opposing hitters are averaging .239 at the plate against Indians pitching. The Indians will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound. The right-hander this season is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.64, 63 Ks and 14 BBs.