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Series Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers

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This set of home games conclude with a visit from another AL West team

Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Tribe has had a good stretch of games at home so far thanks to a sweep of the Angels to make up for winning just one against the Astros. They’ll cap off this 9-game run with a series against another AL West opponent, the Texas Rangers. After that, the Indians head out for a pivotal series against the Minnesota Twins.

Team in a box

2019 Texas Rangers

Record 57-54
Record 57-54
Runs Scored 593
Runs Allowed 588
Run Differential +5
Last 10 6-4
AVG .254
OBP .324
SLG .448
OPS .772
wRC+ 95
K/9 8.67
BB/9 3.54

Projected starters

Monday, August 5 7:10 p.m. ET: LHP Mike Minor (v. Aaron Civale)

Mike Minor has had something of a resurgence this season. At age 31, he’s in the middle of his best season to date, which resulted in his first trip to the All-Star Game last month. He was incredible for the Royals in 2017, but only pitched 77 innings as he had yet to be converted back to a starter. Across 140.0 innings in 22 starts this season, Minor has allowed 50 earned runs while walking 49 and striking out 141 (ERA+ 157). He’s got a good, swing-inducing fastball (93 mph) to go with his flyball inducing change (87 mph), a slider (87 mph), and a change (81 mph). His most recent start came on July 31 against the Seattle Mariners; in that game, Minor went 5.0 innings and allowed five earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five.

Tuesday, August 6 7:10 p.m. ET: RHP Ariel Jurado (v. Zach Plesac)

After having a rocky rookie season in 2018, Ariel Jurado is having a better year in 2019 and has been decent for the Rangers. In 86.0 innings across 23 appearances (13 starts), Jurado has allowed 47 earned runs while walking 27 and striking out 64 (ERA+ 103). His main pitch is his sinker (92 mph), but he’ll also use a fastball (94 mph) that has some natural sink to it as well as a slider (86 mph), change (86 mph), and curve (81 mph). His most recent start came on July 30 against the Mariners; in that game, Jurado went 4.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on sevenhits while walking two and striking out three.

Wednesday, August 7 1:10 p.m. ET: RHP Lance Lynn (v. Mike Clevinger)

Lance Lynn, much like Mike Minor, has also found somewhat of a renaissance this season in Texas as he too is in the middle of his best season of his career. Across 148.0 innings in 23 starts, Lynn has allowed 61 earned runs while walking 35 and striking out 170 (ERA+ 136). He’s got a good fastball (95 mph) that gets hitters to swing and miss fairly frequently, and he’ll also throw out a sinker (93 mph) that can get whiffs and groundballs. He’ll complement those with a cutter (89 mph) and a curve (81 mph). His most recent start came on August 2 against the Detroit Tigers; in that game, Lynn went 7.0 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits while walking twoand striking out 10.

Lineup highlights

OF Danny Santana: I have no idea what it is about Texas this season, but players just keep finding ways to be really good again after struggling in previous seasons. Danny Santana is also someone who is suddenly in the midst of their best season to date in 2019. Across 315 plate appearances in 83 games, Santana is slashing .325/.354/.597 (wRC+ 137). He’s not far behind Gallo with 17 home runs of his own, but unlike Gallo, Santana hardly walks at all. His walk rate currently on the year is 3.8%, compared to a huge strikeout rate of 27.3%.

OF/DH Hunter Pence: Oh what may have been. I can’t be too upset now since the Indians got Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, but to think what the Tribe could’ve done had Pence been in the lineup from the start of the season. While he’s not having his best season to date, he has revived his career after a couple of years of atrocious play in San Francisco. Across 268 plate appearances in 69 games, Pence is slashing .293/.343/.561 (wRC+ 127). Similar to the two hitters highlighted before him, Pence strikes out a lot (but only a mere 20.9% of the time) and he doesn’t walk a ton (6.7%).

Texas Rangers roster

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