Astros, streaking Gurriel set for matchup against Indians
Cleveland; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston’s Gurriel puts 18-game hit streak on the line against Indians.
The Indians are 33-22 in home games. The Cleveland pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.80, Shane Bieber paces the staff with a mark of 3.40.
The Astros have gone 31-25 away from home. Houston has slugged .474, good for third in the American League. George Springer leads the team with a .583 slugging percentage, including 40 extra-base hits and 24 home runs. The Indians won the last meeting 10-4. Zach Plesac notched his sixth victory and Roberto Perez went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs for Cleveland. Jose Urquidy registered his first loss for Houston.
TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 45 extra base hits and is batting .279. Jose Ramirez is 14-for-41 with four doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 7-3, .268 batting average, 2.85 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Astros: 7-3, .264 batting average, 2.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs
Indians Injuries: Jefry Rodriguez: 60-day IL (shoulder), Dan Otero: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Kluber: 60-day IL (arm), Carlos Carrasco: 10-day IL (leukemia), Cody Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder), Christian Arroyo: 60-day IL (forearm).