Carrasco, Cole square off as Astros host Indians in Game 2

On Saturday, the Houston Astros take on the Cleveland Indians for Game 2 of the ALDS.
Friday kicked off the divisional series between the two teams as the Houston Astros walked away from the series opener, 7-2.

The Astros got a dominant performance behind Justin Verlander, who pitched 5.1 innings while giving up just two runs on three hits while striking out a total of seven batters.

Game 2 is slated to begin at 4:37 PM EST at Minute Maid Park.

Houston Astros:

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Taking the mound for the Astros is right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Cole was acquired from the Pirates prior to this season. During the 2018 campaign, Cole held a 15-5 record with a 2.88 ERA this season.

Cole was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Draft. However, Cole had little experience as a starting ace prior to the MLB. Cole made his debut in 2013 and within a couple months, Cole saw himself starting for the Pirates in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Astros have arguably the strongest pitching rotation in the MLB behind Verlander, Cole, Keuchel, and Morton.

Offensively, the Astros have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman. Bregman finished game on going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. However, this season, Bregman has recorded 31 HRs and 103 RBIs alongside maintaining a .286 batting average.

Outfielder George Springer has been another outstanding presence within the offense. Springer finished Game 1 going 2-for-4 with a single homerun in the fifth and two RBIs. This season, Spring has recorded 22 HRs and 71 RBIs along with maintaining a .265 batting average.

Cleveland Indians:

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Taking the mound for the Cleveland Indians is right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco finished the 2018 season with a 17-10 record alongside maintaining a 3.38 ERA. Carrasco has some experience in the postseason, Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS against the New York Yankees.

In that appearance, Carrasco held the Yankees to three hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The Yankees went on to win that game 1-0.

Last season, Carrasco finished fourth in the Cy Young Award race, raising his strikeout percentage from 28.3 percent to 29.5 percent and while managing to lower his walk rate going from 5.8 percent to 5.5 percent.

Since 2015, Carrasco is 60-36 with a 3.40 ERA since becoming part of the full time rotation.

Offensively, the Indians were led by Yan Gomes, who although finished 1-for-3 was able to record a hit in the 6th inning, which helped pave way for Gomes to score on a wild pitch. Alongside Gomes was Ramirez who grounded out to first but managed to drive in a run.

This season, Gomes recorded 16 HRs and 48 RBIs while maintaining a .266 batting average. Ramirez, had an outstanding season offensively with a .272 batting average while also recording 39 HRs and 106 RBIs.

Prediction: Astros 6 – Indians 4

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