July 15 Prediction: Can the Athletics Get a Win from the Indians?

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The Athletics’ under-dog pitcher, Paul Blackburn (1-0, 0.66 ERA), will try to pitch his best against the Legendary Klubot, Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.80 ERA) at the Oakland Coliseum.

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The Indian’s sharp shooting pitcher, Corey “Klubot” Kluber, returns to the Coliseum of the Athletics. He dominated them on their home base, only allowing two hits with no runs or homeruns, striking out 10 batters in over six frames. He already struck out 54 batters in just a short span of five games.

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Meanwhile the Oakland Athletics’ rookie Paul Blackburn will be their starting pitcher. He debuted on July 1 against the Atlanta Braves, giving up three hits and one run while having four batters struck out. Although he gave up eight hits, one run, and one homer, while failing to strike out any of the batters from the Seattle Mariners last July 9.

Batters

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The Athletics’ Yonder Alonso (.275/ .371/ .569, .940 OPS) has the most experience playing with the Klubot, having a total of three hits and one run, while getting struck out three times in over eight at bats. In his last game against the Indians, he had one hit, one run, and got one homer, while getting struck out twice.

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However Indians’ Jose Ramirez (.331/.386/.599, .986 OPS) has a record of .412 / .474/ .647 with a 1.121 OPS against all of the Oakland Pitchers, but he has never faced Blackburn. His latest game was against the Athletics last July 14, getting one hit with no run, while having one strike out in over four at bats.

Prediction

The Indians have been dominating this season with their star pitcher and prominent batters, while the Athletics decided to start their pitching with a newbie. Blackburn might have a good start on his debut, but the Athletics’ batters might need to push their luck since they’re not doing so well against the Klubot.

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