Houston Astros (54-74) at Cleveland Indians (64-62), 6:05 p.m. (CST)
TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Indians SBNation Blog: Let's Go Tribe
RHP Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.47 ERA, 1.64 WHIP) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 4.79 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)
The Astros Spoiler tour rolls on to Cleveland tonight. Cleveland are you ready to get rocked? No? That was bad reference wasn't it? ...moving on. Houston comes into the hotbed of the sports world with Lebron and Johnny Football at the moment as the Indians have won six of their last night (would say last ten but one game got postponed). Indians are attempting to keep pace with the Royals who are six games ahead in American League Central and the Tigers who sit in the final Wild Card spot 4.5 games ahead.
The Indians welcomed the Astros to the American League last season by beating them six out of the seven times they faced each other. Houston gets a chance this season to repay the favor with seven games during the playoff race as the Astros are one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment.
Cleveland sends out Carlos Carrasco, who recently moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. In his two starts since the move, he has pitched 12 scoreless innings - allowing five hits and striking out nine. In his last start he held the Orioles scoreless over seven innings. Carrasco has four quality pitches to work with, and has seen an increase in velocity to the mid-90s since his Tommy John surgery.
Carlos Corporan and Matt Dominguez are each 0-for-1 in their careers against Carrasco.
Brad Peacock maybe pitching for his starting rotation spot today in Cleveland. He hasn't had a quality start since June 28. In three of his last four starts, he has given up six or more runs. In his last start, he gave up five earned runs over 4.1 innings in Boston on August 16. Only compounding things, Peacock has a 6.69 ERA away from Minute Maid Park.
Only David Murphy and Justin Sellers have previous at-bats against Peacock and each are 0-for-1.
Series Prediction: The Astros take two of three from the Indians. Dexter Fowler continues to be hot and catalyst for the Astros offense, .