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Series preview: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros

After a season and soul crushing sweep in Detroit, The Indians head to Houston to take on the Astros for four.

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Hopefully Jose Altuve gets some MVP votes this season.
Hopefully Jose Altuve gets some MVP votes this season.
Stephen Dunn

The last road trip of the season continues in Houston, visiting Minute Maid Park and the Astros for four games.

  • Monday's game is at 8:10 PM (McAllister vs. Peacock)
  • Tuesday's game is at 8:10 PM (Kluber vs. McHugh)
  • Wednesday's game is at 8:10 PM (Carrasco vs. Tropeano)
  • Thursday's game is at 8:10 PM (Salazar vs. Oberholtzer) MLB.tv free game of the day

The final road series of the season occurs in Minnesota this season next weekend. Then it is back home to face the Royals and Rays.

Playoff Watch: Tigers at Twins, White Sox at Royals, Mariners at Angels, Rangers at A's, Blue Jays at Orioles, Yankees at Rays.

Team in a Box

Houston Astros

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

66-83

Runs/Game

3.9

10th

Runs/Game

4.6

12th

AL West

4th

OBP

309

13th

H/9

9.1

10th

Last 10

6-4

SLG

384

9th

BB/9

3.1

10th

Last 30

17-13

Steals

108

2nd

SO/9

7.2

13th

The Indians took two of three from the Astros in Progressive in late August. Since then, they have split six with the A's, taken three of four from the Rangers, two of three from the Mariners and three of five from the Angels.

Although most of the numbers for the Astros look poor, they have been a shade over .500 since the beginning of August. In their August series with the Tribe, Houston won the opener 5-1, lost the middle game on a walk-off 3-2, and the finale 3-1.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Jason Castro

L

439

226

666

1B

Jon Singleton

L

341

175

644

2B

Jose Altuve

R

652

339

826

3B

Matt Dominguez

R

572

218

596

SS

Marwin Gonzalez

S

293

318

709

LF

Robbie Grossman

S

368

223

659

CF

Dexter Fowler

S

456

274

783

RF

Jake Marisnick

R

141

264

621

DH

Chris Carter

R

523

238

832

OF

Marc Krauss

L

202

200

620

IF

Jesus Guzman

R

181

190

523

IF

Gregorio Petit

R

71

275

745

C

Carlos Corporan

S

179

238

672

IF

Jonathan Villar

S

266

202

600

OF

Alex Presley

L

238

249

640

OF

LJ Hoes

R

135

174

521

C

Max Stassi*

R

425

247

674

* Stats in AAA

It is possible George Springer could be activated for this series and play in center. He got off to a pretty good start, and then tailed off a bit, but still has an impressive 231/336/468 line.

Carter has been scorching hot in the past month, 910 OPS with seven homers. Altuve continues to play like the All Star he is. Dominguez, Marsinick and Castro have really struggled in the past month, all with sub 550 OPS.

Singleton had the hot bat in the last Indians series, 1232 OPS in 8 PA with four RBI. But as a whole, the team hit just 160/255/245 in those three games with 33 Ks in just 106 PA. That's not very good.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Scott Feldman

R

3.95

166.1

1.335

5.4

Dallas Keuchel

L

3.00

192.0

1.182

6.5

Collin McHugh

R

2.79

142.0

1.042

9.1

Brett Oberholtzer

L

4.51

131.2

1.367

6.0

Brad Peacock

R

4.80

123.2

1.536

8.0

N Tropeano*

R

3.03

124.2

0.987

8.7

Chad Qualls

R

3.59

47.2

1.196

7.6

Tony Sipp

L

3.28

46.2

0.879

11.4

Josh Fields

R

4.45

54.2

1.226

11.5

Jose Veras#

R

4.14

41.1

1.379

10.0

Darin Downs

L

4.81

33.2

1.307

6.7

Michael Foltynewicz

R

5.54

13.0

1.769

8.3

Jake Buchanan

R

5.40

28.1

1.588

4.8

Kevin Chapman

L

6.32

15.2

1.723

9.8

Jorge De Leon**

R

3.01

68.2

1.267

8.0

Samuel Deduno##

R

4.73

93.1

1.457

7.2

# Includes stats with Cubs; ## Includes stats with Twins

* Stats in AAA; ** Stats in AAA/AA

Peacock was dominant in his previous start against the Tribe, he only allowed two baserunners in his five innings and struck out four. He the ndodges a lot of baserunners with Oakland, pitched into the seventh for the first time since June against the Angels, and looked great against the Mariners last time out. McHugh scattered eight hits, allowing just two runs in the last series no decision. He has won three straight against the Rangers, Angels and Mariners, with a 1.59 ERA, 0.618 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 in 22.2 innings. Tropeano made his MLB debut last week against the Mariners, getting the victory, two runs in five innings, four hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Oberholtzer took the loss in the 3-1 game and has since been lit up by the Rangers and Angels in two of his past three starts.

The Tribe did not hit the Astros staff well in the past series, as the Astros staff had a 2.49 ERA, 25 hits four walks and 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. And the bullpen only gave up one run (Buchanan) in 8.1 innings, allowing five hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts.

On the Shelf

  • CF George Springer [15 day DL], possibly returning this week
  • RP Matt Albers [60 day DL], out for season
  • RP Jesse Crain [60 day DL], out for season
  • P Jose Cisnero [60 day DL], out for season
  • P Josh Zeid [15 day DL], out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

2

1

667

7

8

439

2013

6

1

857

43

18

831

Last 5*

7

3

700

47

33

656

Last 10*

7

3

700

47

33

656

All-Time

16

12

571

129

118

541

*Does not include 2014 stats

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