The CLEVELAND and the HOUSTON will both be gunning for a victory on 10/6/2018 at 4:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
GAME: Cleveland Indians (91-71) at Houston Astros (103-59)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 06 – 4:37 PM EST
WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 4:35 PM
PREDICTION: HOUSTON , CLEVELAND
Oddsmakers currently have the HOUSTON listed as point favorites versus the CLEVELAND, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.5.
The Houston Astros look to match the power they displayed in the opener and sweep the first two matchups of the American League Division Series when they host the Cleveland Indians for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. Houston, which went deep 27 times on the way to the 2017 World Series title, belted four solo homers in Friday’s 7-2 victory in Game 1 while limiting a dangerous Cleveland lineup to three hits.
George Springer hit one of the four blasts Friday to become the third player in major league history to go deep in five consecutive postseason games, joining former Astros star Carlos Beltran (five, 2004) and Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets (six, 2015). “It’s huge,” Springer told reporters of the series-opening win. “For us to come back (Saturday) up one, it makes it easier on us to go out and kind of attack them the way we want to play and have some fun.” Carlos Carrasco, who went 1-1 with 5.40 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings against Houston this year, will try to cool off the Astros’ bats while facing fellow right-hander Gerrit Cole, who has not lost since Aug. 10. The Indians got two of their three hits in the sixth inning Friday as Yan Gomes, along with Francisco Lindor, delivered singles and Jose Ramirez recorded an RBI groundout to close the gap to 4-2.
TV: 4:37 p.m. ET, TBS
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (17-10, 3.38 ERA) vs. Astros RH Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.81)
Carrasco had lost three straight decisions in September before limiting Kansas City to one run on three hits and two walks over five innings to earn the victory last Sunday. The 31-year-old Venezuelan, who has 35 wins in his last two seasons, held the New York Yankees to three hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his lone postseason outing last fall. Josh Reddick is 6-for-12 with a homer versus Carrasco, who is 8-6 with a 2.96 ERA and a .222 batting average against on the road this year.
Cole won his last five decisions of the regular season across eight starts while striking out 69 over 46 2/3 innings during that stretch. The 28-year-old UCLA product, who held opponents to a .198 batting average and struck out a career-high 276 this year, was 8-2 at home in 2018 and permitted three runs over seven innings in a no-decision at Cleveland in late May. Yonder Alonso is 3-for-8 versus Cole, who was 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA in three postseason starts in 2015 and 2013 while he was with Pittsburgh.
1. Cleveland All-Star LF Michael Brantley, who ended the regular season with a nine-game hitting streak, singled in the ninth inning of Game 1.
2. Houston 3B Alex Bregman, who led the team with 31 homers and 103 RBIs in the regular season, went deep and knocked in two runs in Game 1.
3. The Indians have lost four straight playoff games – all on the road – since taking the first two contests of the ALDS against the New York Yankees in 2017.
PREDICTION: Indians 5, Astros 3