Cleveland is 13-19 on the year and 2-1 on its current eight-game road trip after winning two of three at Kansas City. The Indians are 7-11 in road games and 4-6 in May.
Cleveland has played one series versus an AL East team and was swept three straight by Toronto last week.
The Indians, who have won seven of their last ten games against the Orioles, have dropped six of their last nine overall.
Indians hot hitters:
Asdrubal Cabrera: Batting .364 with six multi-hit games in his last ten contests.
Travis Hafner: Reached on 17 of his last 31 plate appearances. Batting .333-1-4 over last ten games.
Austin Kearns: Batting .350 with 16 RBI his past 16 games.
While Cleveland is fifth in the AL in team fielding percentage, the Tribe has allowed a league-high 21 unearned runs.
Over the last six games, Cleveland’s team ERA is 3.23 and its bullpen has allowed just one earned run over its last 14 1/3 innings.
Cleveland in the AL rankings:
.249 team average - tie for 9th
18 homers - 13th
122 runs - 12th
.334 OBP - 5th
4.16 team ERA - 7th
.268 opponent average - 11th
The Indians have scored three runs or less in half of their games and are 2-14 in those contests. Cleveland is 11-5 when scoring four runs or more. Cleveland has hit 11 of its 19 homers this year on the road.
Justin Masterson (0-3, 5.23) starts tonight vs. the O’s. Last year, he went 4-10, 4.52 between Boston and Cleveland.
A Red Sox second-round pick in 2006, he was dealt to Cleveland last July 31 in the Victor Martinez trade.
In 2009, he was 1-1, 6.00 vs. Baltimore in four games, two starts. In his career he is 2-1, 4.74 vs. the Birds in six games, two starts.
Weekend pitching probables:
Tonight, 7:05 - Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 4.67) vs. Justin Masterson (0-3, 5.23)
Saturday, 7:05 - Brian Matusz (2-3, 4.91) vs. Mitch Talbot (4-2, 3.43)
Sunday, 1:35 - David Hernandez (0-5, 5.84) vs. Jake Westbrook (1-2, 5.06)