Major League Baseball
Oakland at Cleveland
When: 4:10 PM ET, Monday, May 29, 2017
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Indians got back on track with a big victory last time out and look to continue their success against American League West foes when they host the Oakland Athletics on Monday for the opener of a four-game series. The Indians pounded out 18 hits in a 10-1 rout of Kansas City on Sunday to end a three-game slide and have won 10 of 12 contests against the AL West over the first two months of the season.

Cleveland standout shortstop Francisco Lindor is expected back in the lineup after his first day of rest this season and will bring a 12-game hitting streak into the series while teammate Michael Brantley matched that run with three hits on Sunday. Carlos Carrasco looks to rebound from two straight substandard starts when he takes the mound for the Indians in the opener against Daniel Mengden, who is making his 2017 debut. Oakland is 7-17 on the road after losing two of three at the New York Yankees over the weekend, including a sloppy 9-5 setback on Sunday. Khris Davis belted his 15th homer of the season in the series finale for the Athletics, who are among the major-league leaders with 71 blasts and have allowed the fewest (45) in the AL.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN California (Oakland), SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Daniel Mengden (2016: 2-9, 6.50 ERA) vs. Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 2.93)

Mengden is slated to be called up to make the start Monday with Kendall Graveman (shoulder) landing on the 10-day disabled list for the injury-plagued Athletics. The 24-year-old Mengden was a candidate for the rotation but was set back by a foot injury in the spring and has gone 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts for Triple-A Nashville. The Texas A&M product did not face Cleveland as a rookie in 2016, when he struck out 71 in 72 innings.

Carrasco escaped with no-decisions while struggling in his last two starts, permitting nine runs and 11 hits over 10 innings in a pair of 8-7 victories for the Indians. The 30-year-old Venezuelan had surrendered two or fewer runs in six of his first seven outings of the season, posting a 1.82 ERA in that stretch. Trevor Plouffe is 5-for-14 with three RBIs against Carrasco, who is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) versus Oakland.


1. The Athletics lead the majors with 49 errors after committing two on Sunday and have surrendered 35 unearned runs - five in their last game.

2. Cleveland DH Edwin Encarnacion has hit safely in seven straight contests (10-for-27) but has recorded just five hits in 48 at-bats with runners in scoring position this year.

3. Oakland’s leadoff hitters are batting .159 overall, which is better than only one other team in the majors (Kansas City).

PREDICTION: Indians 6, Athletics 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Oakland 22-26 L1 15-10 7-16 4-2 5-4 12-19 1-1
Cleveland 24-23 L3 8-13 16-10 2-4 11-12 10-2 1-5
Last Meeting
Oakland Cleveland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/24/16 CLE 1 OAK 5 .312 0 .753 .265 1 .736
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Oakland N/A
Cleveland N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Oakland Y. Alonso 0 0 0
Cleveland C. Allen 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Oakland 0.00 .000 0
Cleveland 0.00 .000 0
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Oakland J. Lowrie .303 54 .857
Cleveland M. Brantley .294 45 .819
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Oakland K. Davis 14 26 29
Cleveland F. Lindor 11 33 24
Pitching ERA Avg K
Oakland 4.37 .238 373
Cleveland 4.02 .241 459