Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians 8/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/1/2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:05 PM on FSSW, STOh
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Texas Rangers - Mikolas, M (1-3) vs. Cleveland Indians - House, T (1-2)
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Saturday afternoon, the Texas Rangers will give the ball to Miles Mikolas (1 - 3, 8.54 ERA) as they square off against the Cleveland Indians and T.J. House (1 - 2, 4.50 ERA). Mikolas makes his 6th start as House makes his 10th start and 11th appearance.
Miles Mikolas took another loss the last time out after a brutal start by the young righty. In the defeat, Mikolas gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in 4.2 innings as he walked 4 and struck out 1. It was the 4th time in 5 starts that Mikolas had given up 3 or more runs in less than 6 innings. Before coming up from Triple-A, Mikolas was 5 - 1 with a 3.22 ERA in 6 starts and 10 relief appearances.
Mikolas has only seen two of the Cleveland hitters in the past. With Michael Bourn out, only Jason Giambi (1 for 1) will have seen Mikolas before.
T.J. House will get another shot to show what he has in the big leagues. His last start was on July 21st and he came away with a no-decision in that outing after allowing 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 2 in that game. House had given up 3 runs in each of his last 3 outings as well as a home run in 2 of his last 3 outings. If he doesn't want to return to the Minors, he'll have to keep the score low.
This season, House has already started against the Rangers but it wasn't a good outing for him. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits (including a homer) in just 3.1 innings.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas Rangers are 52-50-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Texas Rangers is -1.1
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 54-50-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0
Injuries to Watch
07/26/14 P Nick Tepesch Knee questionable
07/26/14 LF Jake Smolinski Foot 15-day DL (7/22)
07/22/14 C Geovany Soto Groin 15-day DL (7/21)
06/11/14 P Tanner Scheppers Elbow 15-day DL (6/11)
06/10/14 1B Mitch Moreland Ankle 15-day DL (6/8)
06/04/14 P Alexi Ogando Elbow 15-day DL (6/3)
06/04/14 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (5/14), out for season
05/22/14 1B Prince Fielder Neck 60-day DL (5/17)
05/21/14 P Martin Perez Elbow 60-day DL (5/11)
04/25/14 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff Back 60-day DL (4/23)
04/23/14 P Pedro Figueroa Elbow 60-day DL (4/23)
03/31/14 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder 60-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 RF Engel Beltre Leg 60-day DL (3/26)
07/06/14 CF Michael Bourn Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
05/15/14 RF Nyjer Morgan Knee 60-day DL (5/14)
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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