Philadelphia Phillies vs Cleveland Indians: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes
How to Watch
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
When: Sunday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): Indians TV/Radio: SportsNet Ohio, WTAM 1100 AM. Phillies TV/Radio: Fox Sports Philadelphia, KCSP 610 AM.
Philadelphia is tied with the New York Mets at four games back in the NL Wild Card race. Expect the team to fire manager Gabe Kapler after high hopes heading into the season.
The Phillies have a 1.1% chance to make the postseason and a <0.1% shot to take the World Series.
The Phillies are longshots to win the National League title at 150-1 and 300-1 to take the 2019 World Series.
The Indians are in a vicious fight with Oakland and Tampa Bay for the two wild card spots in the American League.
Cleveland’s have seen their playoff odds settle at 53.0% probability and 2.4% to win the World Series according to baseball-reference.com.
The Indians have 25-1 odds to claim the AL crown and 50-1 to win the 2019 World Series in 2019.
Philadelphia Phillies: Vince Velasquez (7-7, 4.89 ERA)
The Phillies have won the last four of Velasquez’s starts although that is primarily due to strong run support and not terrific pitching from the right-hander.
- Velasquez has gone five innings just twice in his last five outings.
- The Phillies’ righty has struck out 36 hitters over his last 36.2 innings.
- Velasquez has surrendered just six homers over his last eight appearances for the Phillies.
Indians: Adam Plutko (7-4, 4.34 ERA)
Plutko has been very solid for Indians, if not unspectacular, as the righty has thrown two quality starts over his last four outings.
- In his last start, Plutko struck out six Tigers in six innings in a 7-2 win over Detroit.
- The Indians’ starter has allowed seven homers over his last nine starts.
- The 27-year old has allowed more than three runs just twice over his last 11 starts for Cleveland.
The Phillies are once again putting together a .500 month, scoring just 4.8 runs per contest in September.
- No one on the Phillies, with the exception of Logan Morrison, has faced Plutko in their career.
- Morrison went 0 for 1 in a pinch hit situation against Plutko.
- The Phillies have hit .243 on the road this season, while scoring just 4.66 runs away from Citizens Bank Park.
The Indians are playing solid baseball as of late, winning six of eight recently while scoring 5.2 runs per contest through mid-September.
- OF Yasiel Puig is 1 for 5 against Velasquez in his career with three strikeouts.
- SS Francisco Lindor is 1 for 5 versus the Phillies’ right-hander with two strikeouts.
- 1B Carlos Santana is 2 for 5 versus Velasquez with one walk in his career.
- OF Roman Quinn remains on the 10-day IL with a strained groin.
- SP Jared Eickhoff was moved to the 60-day IL after experiencing reoccurring blisters on his throwing hand.
- OF Corey Dickerson hit the 60-day IL with a broken left foot.
- 2B Jason Kipnis has a fractured hamate bone in his hand and will miss the remainder of the season.
- OF Franmil Reyes is missing time from the team for a personal matter and his return is unknown.
- RP Brad Hand has missed several games due to “dead arm” and the Indians are hoping to get him back for the final games of the year.
The game odds will be added as soon as it is made available by the sportsbooks.