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Game Thread for Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros, May 20, 2018 7:08 PM CDT

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The rubber match in the three game series between the last year's AL Central champions, the Cleveland Indians, and the World Champions, the Houston Astros. Pitching for the Tribe is Carlos Carrasco, (5-2, 3.66 ERA, 57 Ks) Opposing him for the Astros, with remarkably similar stats, is 2017 All Star Lance McCullers (5-2, 3.63 ERA, 58 Ks)

Last night Dallas Keuchel got a rude welcome from the Tribe bats, but kept the team in the game. The Astros nibbled away at the Indians' five run lead but fell one run short, losing 5-4.

One of the strangest umpiring conundrums occurred on a Jose Altuve "double" to right. The ball hit the padding in the middle of the fence along the right field bullpen, and then bounced up over the right field fence into the bleachers. Since the ball did not hit the ground the initial call was a home run, like a ball hitting a fielder's glove and then going straight over the fence. This call was overturned, apparently on the grounds that the fence is considered a part of the field.

As a long time umpire I do not believe there is any precedent for this kind of play in the rule book. After all, tell me another time when the ball hit the face of the fence and then went over the fence. This violates the laws of gravity upon which the whole game of baseball is based.

Oh well, the call went against the Astros. Altuve did not score, and the Astros lost by one run.

For your listening and viewing pleasure:

Game 3: Sunday, May 20th @ 7:08 pm CDT
Listen: Indians - WTAM 1100, WMMS 100.7, Indians Radio Network / Astros - KBME 790, La Ranchera 850 AM
Watch: ESPN.

Lineup here

Check out the poll. Statcast has a statistic called xWOBA. Based on the batted ball profile it projects the WOBA (weighted on base average) of a batter. Based on your own watching of the games this year, who do you think will be the best hitter on the Astros this year base on his contact thus far. Don't cheat and look it up. The answer will be in the Game Recap.

Poll

Who has the highest xWOBA on the stros?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Jose Altuve
    (9 votes)
  • 45%
    Alex Bregman
    (19 votes)
  • 14%
    Carlos Correa
    (6 votes)
  • 11%
    Josh Reddick
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    George Springer
    (3 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now