Preview: Plutko Looks to Lead the Indians Over the A's in Saturday Afternoon Affair

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Friday night the Indians offense, as they have done in recent history in Oakland, were not able to do much of anything against the A's, as they fell in the kickoff of the three-game series by a final of 3-1.

The team was held to six hits by the A's pitching staff, led by Paul Blackburn, who despite an ERA over eight held the Indians scoreless for 6.1 innings.

Jed Lowrie homered for the A's, and the team wasted a solid outing by Trevor Bauer, who gave up just two runs over 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts.

The team will look at 44-36 to get back on track as Adam Plutko goes for the Wahoo's looking for his 5th win of the season.

Here's a look at this afternoon's game with a quick preview.

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Adam Plutko (4-1, 4.65 ERA) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

TV: SportsTime Ohio

Online: MLB.TV

Radio: WTAM 1100am, Indians Radio Network

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1. 13th Time the Charm

Edwin Jackson is back - again. The A's inked Jackson to a Minor League contract 24 days ago, and Saturday the veteran right handed pitcher will take the hill for Oakland for a MLB record tying 13th different team.

Whose record is Jackson tying with playing for the A's - team number 13? If you said Octavio Dotel, then you deserve a prize.

Back to Jackson, he's 34 years old and has a career 4.67 ERA. His last team was the Nationals, where he went 5-6 with an ERA of 4.55.

This is his 2nd start for the A's, and in his first start against the Tigers he lasted an impressive six innings, allowing a run on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

We will see if he can repeat the outing against the Indians lineup on Saturday. The last time out against the Tribe was back in 2015, where he threw two innings in relief for the Cubs against the Indians in a Tribe 6-0 win.

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2. Can Plutko Stay Hot?

Adam Plutko has gotten off to a great start with the Indians, going 4-1 with an ERA of 4.65 for the Indians. He's given up 16 earned runs in 31 innings, but his last outing was his best.

Against the Tigers he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four K's in an Indians 12-2 blowout win.

In his first four starts for the Tribe Plutko had allowed seven homers, but held the Tigers without a long ball in the last start, a good sign that he's settling in.

It will be interesting to see how he does in his 3rd road start of the season.

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3. Offense Stuck in the Mud in Oakland

the Indians offense hasn't had a good game in Oakland in a long time, and no matter who is on the mound, Oakland's pitchers seem to hold the Tribe in check.

Consider the fact that if you add Friday's 3-1 loss into the mix, the Indians offense has failed to score over three runs in Oakland in their last 11 games.

They've only scored four runs in their last four games against the A's on the road, and have to find a way to push some players past home plate to even up this series.

They made a pitcher in Paul Blackburn who had an ERA over eight look good on Friday, and now have to go up against Edwin Jackson who held the Tigers down in his first start for the A's last week.

Hopefully the team will forget recent history and get their stride at the plate in Saturday's game.