July 25 Prediction: Chavez Looks to Break Slump vs Hot Clevinger

Los Angeles Angels’ Jesse Chavez (5-10, 4.88 ERA) is currently on a downward spiral after he gave up six runs and had a no decision on June 11 against the Houston Astros. While Cleveland Indians’ Mike Clevinger (5-3, 2.73 ERA) hasn’t lost a game since he had one of his best performances in a no decision versus the Minnesota Twins last June 17. Both pitchers are set to pitch against each other at Progressive Field.

Pitchers

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Jesse Chavez, Photo Credit: MLB

Despite not giving up more than three runs since June 27, Chavez is still on a four-game losing streak throughout his last seven starts. He actually had a decent performance in his last game but he gave up two homers on eight hits and ended the game with a no decision.

In 12 career appearances versus the Indians, Chavez only had one start and a 1-1 record with a 5.95 ERA.

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Mike Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB

While Clevinger is currently riding a three-game winning streak throughout his past six games and the only time he gave up two runs in that span was against the Baltimore Orioles on June 22. He had a quality start in his last game versus the San Francisco Giants, giving up one unearned run on three hits while he struck out seven batters in six innings.

Clevinger had his first win as a rookie last year in his last start against the Angels; he only gave up one run while he got three batters struck out in 5.2 frames.

Batters

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Cleveland Indians vs Chavez, Photo Credit: MLB

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Michael Brantley, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Michael Brantley has had the most success against Chavez out of Cleveland’s lineup; he’s got two runs on three hits including two homers in seven at bats versus the Angels’ starting pitcher. He’s posted a .429/.500/1.286 line and a 1.786 OPS throughout all the times he’s faced Chavez. However, the last time he got a chance to bat against Chavez was way back in 2014.

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Los Angeles Angels vs Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB

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Mike Trout, Photo Credit: MLB

 

While Mike Trout could possibly give Clevinger a challenge because he’s delivered for the past two games; he’s gotten two runs on two hits including one homerun in eight at bats. He’s currently posting a .328/.450/.719 stat line and a 1.169 OPS this season.

Prediction

Cleveland’s self-esteem must be on cloud nine right now after sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays which included a 13-3 win to start that series while they also handed the Cincinnati Reds a loss in their last match. So, it’s hard to imagine the Indians failing to deliver another win especially when their starting pitcher is on a roll while their opponent’s chosen starter hasn’t recovered with a win for more than a month now.

Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians

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