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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 5/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
CLEVELAND  PLUTKO )
 
CHICAGO CUBS  LESTER )
+1.5  -140

-1.5  +120
+155

-165

8ov
 
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CLEVELAND (23 - 23) at CHICAGO CUBS (25 - 20)
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Wednesday, 5/23/2018 8:05 PM
ADAM PLUTKO (R) vs. JON LESTER (L)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
979CLEVELAND+155Ov 8,-110+155Ov 8,-115
980CHICAGO CUBS-165Un 8,-110-165Un 8,-105
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games23-23-10.924-214.90.2460.3120.4150.7284.30.2390.2910.4080.699
Road Games10-14-8.210-134.00.2180.2840.3780.6613.70.2290.2840.3890.673
vs Left-handed Starters10-7+0.510-75.60.2530.3260.4380.7644.40.2430.2950.4180.713
Past 7 Games3-4-2.64-34.90.2440.3300.4010.7303.90.2680.3160.4470.763
Grass Games23-23-10.924-214.90.2460.3120.4150.7284.30.2390.2910.4080.699
Night Games11-15-10.613-134.30.2400.3070.4120.7194.30.2450.2990.4080.708
Interleague3-2-0.12-25.00.2610.3510.4670.8183.40.2500.2910.4070.698
CLEVELAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.90.2460.312461609396784620.4152161553922431925294019
Road Games4.00.2180.28424847185352320.3789377219111601313248
Lefty Starters5.60.2530.32617589149291260.4389164135101151111183
CLEVELAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.651.444116.3787312221461203-118657.1%
Road Games5.001.500543130581023520-63350%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games25-20-4.620-245.30.2590.3320.4180.7513.90.2190.3110.3520.663
Home Games13-9-2.412-105.40.2620.3320.4280.7604.40.2260.3140.3770.692
vs Right-handed Starters18-16-4.215-184.90.2560.3310.4080.7393.70.2130.3090.3530.662
Past 7 Games4-3+0.72-44.70.2810.3780.4370.8163.30.1810.3020.2840.585
Grass Games25-20-4.620-245.30.2590.3320.4180.7513.90.2190.3110.3520.663
Night Games12-10-0.49-135.40.2620.3290.4090.7373.40.2150.3070.3390.646
Interleague3-3-1.34-25.70.2690.3570.4430.8004.70.2400.3450.3850.731
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.30.2590.3324516014158216470.4182261753771536330333922
Home Games5.40.2620.33222726190338240.428114761601015611171310
Righty Starters4.90.2560.3313411913055512340.4081581342791227823253216
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.841.205171605412112851719-611473.3%
Home Games3.731.24379.7373360939715-07187.5%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CLEVELAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/9/2018CARRASCO(R)@ MILWAUKEEGUERRA(R)6-2W-1558 evP1160520
5/11/2018BAUER(R)KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)9-10L-2408.5 ovO85215100
5/12/2018CLEVINGER(R)KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)6-2W-1958.5 evU960841
5/13/2018KLUBER(R)KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)11-2W-2558 unO15102980
5/14/2018CARRASCO(R)@ DETROITFIERS(R)3-6L-2258.5 ovO780871
5/15/2018TOMLIN(R)@ DETROITLIRIANO(L)8-9L-1359.5 unO131201041
5/16/2018BAUER(R)@ DETROITCARPENTER(L)6-0W-2259 unU1070531
5/18/2018CLEVINGER(R)@ HOUSTONMORTON(R)1-4L1557.5 unU8901070
5/19/2018KLUBER(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)5-4W1057 evO730951
5/20/2018CARRASCO(R)@ HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)1-3L1257.5 evU341960
5/22/2018BAUER(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSCHATWOOD(R)10-1W-1057.5 ovO1110010110
5/23/2018PLUTKO(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L) 
5/24/2018CLEVINGER(R)HOUSTONMORTON(R) 
5/25/2018KLUBER(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L) 
5/26/2018CARRASCO(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R) 
5/27/2018BAUER(R)HOUSTONCOLE(R) 
5/28/2018 CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R) 
5/29/2018CLEVINGER(R)CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R) 
5/30/2018 CHI WHITE SOX  

CHICAGO CUBS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/9/2018QUINTANA(L)MIAMICHEN(L)13-4W-23511 ovO1780870
5/11/2018CHATWOOD(R)CHI WHITE SOXFULMER(R)11-2W-2358 unO15130572
5/12/2018LESTER(L)CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R)8-4W-2507.5 evO991880
5/13/2018HENDRICKS(R)CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R)3-5L-2558.5 evU371730
5/14/2018QUINTANA(L)ATLANTATEHERAN(R)5-6L-1508.5 ovO8619120
5/15/2018DARVISH(R)@ ATLANTAFOLTYNEWICZ(R)3-2W-1209 unU682541
5/16/2018CHATWOOD(R)@ ATLANTAMCCARTHY(R)1-4L-1059.5 ovU880770
5/18/2018LESTER(L)@ CINCINNATIBAILEY(R)8-1W-1659.5 unU15140231
5/19/2018HENDRICKS(R)@ CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)4-5L-1209 evP121418100
5/19/2018QUINTANA(L)@ CINCINNATIROMANO(R)10-0W-1609 evO1190350
5/20/2018DARVISH(R)@ CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)6-1W-1359 ovU1090361
5/22/2018CHATWOOD(R)CLEVELANDBAUER(R)1-10L-1057.5 ovO1011011100
5/23/2018LESTER(L)CLEVELANDPLUTKO(R) 
5/25/2018HENDRICKS(R)SAN FRANCISCOHOLLAND(L) 
5/26/2018QUINTANA(L)SAN FRANCISCOSTRATTON(R) 
5/27/2018DARVISH(R)SAN FRANCISCOBLACH(L) 
5/28/2018CHATWOOD(R)@ PITTSBURGHKUHL(R) 
5/29/2018LESTER(L)@ PITTSBURGHNOVA(R) 
5/30/2018 @ PITTSBURGH  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CLEVELAND: 2017: 102-60, first place, lost to Yankees in ALDS.
MANAGER: Terry Francona (sixth season).
ADDITIONS: 1B-DH Yonder Alonso, LF Rajai Davis, RHP Alexi Ogando.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Carlos Santana, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan.
OUTLOOK: No team has felt postseason pain lately quite like the Indians. They blew a 3-1 lead and lost the 2016 World Series to the Cubs, and squandered a 2-0 advantage in last year's best-of-five Division Series against the Yankees. With arguably baseball's strongest rotation led by Kluber, the Indians are poised to possibly end a championship drought approaching its 70th anniversary. Alonso must help the offense offset the losses of Santana and Bruce. Francona won't have Shaw in the bullpen anymore after the durable reliever pitched in at least 74 games each of the past four seasons. Winning the AL Central won't suffice for the Indians, who are determined to finish the job this year.
CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
PREVIEW
Cubs to take crack at Indians rookie Plutko
 

An accomplished veteran southpaw will face off against an inexperienced but ambitious right-hander when the Chicago Cubs host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night to wrap up a two-game series at Wrigley Field.

Chicago (25-20) will look to escape with a series tie after suffering a lopsided 10-1 defeat one night earlier. This is the first series between the Indians and Cubs at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.

Meanwhile, Cleveland (23-23) will try to sweep the short series and climb back above .500 for the first time in more than a week. The Indians lead the underwhelming American League Central Division despite their slow start.

The Cubs will turn to left-hander Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52 ERA) to try to create positive momentum in his 10th start. The 34-year-old has limited opponents to 40 hits in 50 innings this season while walking 21 and striking out 44.

Lester's resume includes three World Series rings. He is 163-93 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 big league seasons, which include 2,234 1/3 innings.

An even 102 innings of those have been against the Indians. Lester is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 career starts.

By comparison, Indians right-hander Adam Plutko (1-0, 3.68 ERA) is a neophyte. He will make his second career start and his fourth career appearance for Cleveland, which drafted him in the 11th round out of UCLA in 2013.

Plutko never has faced the Cubs. He has an opportunity to seize the Indians' fifth-starter job in place of struggling veteran Josh Tomlin, who was demoted to the bullpen several days ago.

"If you look at Adam's track record, one of the key reasons for his success has been his fastball command," Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said recently to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Last year, he was not able to do that whether it was because of health or performance.

"This year, he's pitched like he did early in his minor league career and in college at UCLA."

Tomlin, 33, has handled his demotion to the bullpen like a professional. He allowed a 433-foot home run to the Cubs' Ian Happ in the ninth inning of the series opener. He is 0-4 with a 7.88 ERA in 32 innings this season.

"I'm just taking the approach, 'OK, I'm in the bullpen, and I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team win out of the bullpen,' " Tomlin said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I'll be in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. I'm not sure how long that's going to be.

"It could be for the rest of the year. It could be for two or three times through the rotation. You never know."

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley carries an 11-game hitting streak into the game. He is hitting .347 during the hitting streak with four home runs, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo ranks fourth in franchise history with 17 home runs during interleague play. He needs three more blasts to tie Aramis Ramirez, who ranks third with 20.


Last Updated: 9/21/2018 12:42:38 PM EST


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