Bassitt, Athletics to face Morgan, Indians

Updated Aug. 12, 2021 3:20 a.m. ET

Oakland Athletics (66-48, second in the AL West) vs. Cleveland Indians (55-57, second in the AL Central)

Cleveland; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Chris Bassitt (11-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 147 strikeouts) Indians: Eli Morgan (1-4, 6.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 45 strikeouts)

LINE: Indians +143, Athletics -164; over/under is 9 1/2 runs


BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland and Oakland will face off on Thursday.

The Indians are 29-26 on their home turf. Cleveland has a collective batting average of .232 this season, led by Amed Rosario with an average of .271.

The Athletics have gone 32-23 away from home. Oakland has slugged .404 this season. Matt Olson leads the club with a .572 slugging percentage, including 56 extra-base hits and 28 home runs.

The Athletics won the last meeting 6-3. Jake Diekman secured his third victory and Jed Lowrie went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Oakland. Nick Sandlin took his first loss for Cleveland.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 69 RBIs and is batting .255.

Olson leads the Athletics with 28 home runs and is slugging .572.

LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 4-6, .262 batting average, 3.84 ERA, outscored opponents by one run

Athletics: 8-2, .256 batting average, 2.61 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs

INJURIES: Indians: Aaron Civale: (finger), Shane Bieber: (shoulder), Harold Ramirez: (undisclosed), Josh Naylor: (ankle), Bobby Bradley: (knee), Roberto Perez: (shoulder).

Athletics: Trevor Rosenthal: (chest), Mike Fiers: (right elbow), Chad Pinder: (hamstring), Josh Harrison: (undisclosed).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.