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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians face off on Tuesday for game two of their series. The Indians are -125 favotites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Minnesota Twins have some holes to fill if they want to be competitive on a nightly basis but they were good enough to beat the Indians on Monday. Josh Willingham had two hits including a home run, Kurt Suzuki had three hits, and Kendrys Morales and Trevor Plouffe each had hits as the Twins scored four rins on nine hits. Starting pitcher Kris Jonson allowed five hits and two runs while striking out four over 5.0 innings to not get a decision as Casey Fein lew the save but got the win and Glenn Perkins picked up his 23rd save. For Tuesday’s game the Twins start Yohan Pino who makes his sixth start of the season. For The year Pino has allowed 29 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 19 over 26.2 innings for a 1-2 record and a 4.39 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians clawed their way back into Monday’s game but they couldn’t get the win as they fell to the Twins. Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana, and Lonnie Chisenhall each had hits as the Indians scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher T.J. House allowed six hits and three runs while striking out two over 5.0 innings to not get a decision as Bryan Shaw took the loss. For Tuesday’s game the Indians start Danny Salazar who makes his first start since May. For the season Salazar has allowed 49 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 47 over 40.2 innings for a 1-4 record and a 5.53 ERA.
Minnesota is 5-1 against a team with a winning record, 10-19 as an underdog, and 1-4 in their last five home games. Cleveland is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 6-1 in game two of a series, and 0-5 in Salazar’s last five road starts. Cleveland is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
The Twins got the best of it on Monday but look for the Indians to get revenge here.

Pick
Cleveland Indians -125 Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians

The Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Monday in Arlington as they close out their four game series.
The Texas Rangers are starting to slide in the AL West standings as they have dropped their last two games of this series to the Indians. On Sunday Adian Beltre and Alex Rios each had two hits and Rougned Odor had a hit as the Rangers scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Joe Saunders allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, over 5.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-2 for the season. For Monday’s game the Rangers start Nicholas Martinez who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Martinez has allowed 51 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 21 over 44.2 innings for a 1-2 record and a 3.22 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have moved up to second place in the AL Central after winning on Sunday for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy had two hits each and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes each had hits as the Indians scored three runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Justin Masterson has allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 5.2 innings to get the win and go to 4-4 for the season and Cody Allen earned his sixth save. For Monday’s game the Indians start T.J. House who is still looking for his first major League win. For the season House has allowed 22 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 13 over 19 innings for a 0-1 record and a 3.79 ERA.
Texas is 7-0 in game four of a series, 5-11 as an underdog, and 4-1 in Martinez’s last five starts. Cleveland is 8-1 in their last nine games, 5-2 in game four of a series, and 36-16 against a team with a losing record. Cleveland is 7-2 in their last nine meetings against Texas.
This series has been as close as expected and I like for the Rangers to get the split with the win on Monday.

Pick
Texas Rangers -115 Cleveland Indians

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians

The Toronto Blue jays and the Cleveland Indians face off on Thursday in Toronto as they close out their series. The Indians are -115 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Indians on Tuesday but on Wednesday they didn’t have anything going as they were blown out. Adam Lind had two hits and Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, and Jose Bautista each had hits as the Blue Jays scored four runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Dustin McGowan allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out three over 4.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Blue jays start J.A. Happ who has worked as a starter and out of the bullpen this season. For the year Happ has allowed 13 hits and six runs while striking out 10 over 11.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.63 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians haven’t looked like the playoff team they were last season but they took out a ton of frustration pounding the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Yan Gomes had two hits including a home run, Carlos Santana hit a home run, and David Murphy and Lonnie CHisenhall had five hits each as the Indians scored 15 runs on 22 hits. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber allowed four hits and two runs while striking out nine over 7.0 innings to get the win and go to 4-3 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Indians start Danny Salazar who appears to be returning to form. For the season Salazar has allowed 44 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 44 over 36.2 innings for a 1-3 record and a 5.65 ERA.
Toronto is 6-2 as a favorite, 7-4 in their last 11 games, and 1-8 in Happ’s last nine home starts. Cleveland is 6-2 in their last eight games, 3-7 as an underdog, and 0-4 in Salazar’s last four road starts.
The total looks to be set to the high side and while it is a lean given at what both of these teams can do at the pate the under is my pick.

Pick
Under 9.5

San Francisco Giants vs. Cleveland Indians

The San Francisco Giants and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday at AT&T Park for game one of their interleague series. The Giants are -160 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The San Francisco Giants are in second place in the NL West as they return home from a road trip. The Giants are 5-4 at home this season, 5-5 In their last 10 games, and they are a game behind the Dodgers in the standings. As a team the Giants are hitting .234 with Angel Pagan hitting .329, Brandon Belt hitting .299, and Michael Morse hitting .279. As a team the San Francisco pitching staff has an ERA of 3.62 with the starters at 4.39 and the bullpen at 2.25. For game one against the Indians the Giants start Tim Hudson who lost his last time out. For the season Hudson has allowed 23 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 20 over 30.0 innings for a 2-1 record and a 2.40 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians hit the road at .500 for the season after beating the Royals at home o Thursday. The Indians are 4-5 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Indians are hitting .245 with Michael Brantley hitting .296, David Murphy hitting .290, and Yan Gomes hitting .269. The Cleveland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 4.63 and the bullpen at 2.74. For game one at San Francisco the Indians start Carlos Carrasco who is still looking for his first win of the year. For the season Carrasco has allowed 19 hits and 13 runs while striking out 17 over 16 innings for a 0-2 record and a 7.31 ERA.
San Francisco is 5-1 following an off day, 13-3 against the AL Central, and 2-5 in their last seven games. Cleveland is 4-1 in their last five games, 5-2 against a team with a winning record, and 3-8 in Carrasco’s last 11 starts as an underdog. Cleveland is 1-5 in their last six games against San Francisco.
The total in this one is set at 7.5 and I like the under.

Pick
Under 7.5

Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers

The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers face off on Saturday in Cleveland for game two of their series. The Rangers are -130 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cleveland Indians squandered a big lead on Friday, but they still got the win in extra innings. Ryan Rayburn had two hits, including the walk-off game-winning home run, Nick Swisher had two hits including a home run, and Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Brantley, and Mike Aviles each had three hits as the Indians scored 11 runs on 18 hits. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned, to not factor in the decision as Joe Smith blew the save and Bryan Shaw got the win. For Saturday’s game, the Indians start Justin Masterson who won last time out. For the season, Masterson has allowed 113 hits and 57 earned runs, while striking out 145 over 142.1 innings for a 11-7 record and a 3.60 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have been slumping badly and while they battled back on Friday, it all added up to another loss. Nelson Cruz hit a home run, Adrian Beltre had three hits, and Leonys Martin had three hits as the Rangers scored eight runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Martin Perez was awful, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out three and lasting just three innings, but he was bailed out by the Rangers’ bats and it was Jason Frasor who took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. For Saturday’s game, the Rangers start Yu Darvish who won last time out upon returning from the DL. For the season, Darvish has allowed 86 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 161 over 125.2 innings for a 9-4 record and a 2.86 ERA.
Cleveland is 5-0 in their last five home games, 14-3 in their last 17 games against the AL West, and 1-4 in Masterson’s last five starts as an underdog. Texas is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite, 3-10 in their last 13 games, and 2-5 in Darvish’s last seven starts. Texas is 14-5 in their last 19 games in Cleveland.
The Indians are playing well, while Texas is starting to back up and I don’t see that trend reversing here.

Pick
Cleveland Indians +120 Texas Rangers

Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet on Sunday in Cleveland as they close out their series. The Tigers are -139 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cleveland Indians had a chance to move up the NL Central standings over the course of the weekend against the Tigers, but so far they have dropped two in a row and moved two games further back in the standings. On Saturday, Nick Swisher had two hits including a home run, Ryan Raburn hit a home run and Lonnie Chisenall and Drew Stubbs each had two hits as the Indians scored four runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed 10 hits and seven runs, six of them earned, while striking out two over 3.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-4 on the year. For Sunday’s game the Indians start Corey Kluber, who had a no decision in his last start. For the season, Kluber has allowed 88 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 76 over 81 innings for a 6-5 record and a 4.33 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers are looking to extend their lead in the AL Central as they have a chance to sweep the Indians with a win on Sunday. On Saturday Torii Hunter had three hits including a home run, Miguel Cabrera bit his 27th home run of the season, Prince Fielder hit a home run, and Austin Jackson had two hits as the Tigers scored nine runs on 13 hits. Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez allowed three hits and a run while striking out four over 5.0 innings to get the win and go to 7-5 on the year. For Sunday’s game, the Tigers start Doug Fister who has no decisions in his last two starts. For the season, Fister has allowed 115 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 84 over 109 innings for a 6-5 record and a 3.80 ERA.
Cleveland is 22-11 in their last 33 home games, 9-5 in their last 14 games against the AL Central, and 1-6 in Kluber’s last seven starts as an underdog. Detroit is 5-0 in their last five games, 6-1 in their last seven games as a road favorite, and 2-7 in Fister’s last nine starts. Detroit has won the last seven meetings between these two.
The total in this one is set at 8.5 and I have it going over that number.

Pick
Over 8.5

Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians

The Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Wednesday in Arlington in game three of their series. The Rangers are -142 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Texas Rangers lost on Tuesday to the Indians and in the process lost their lead in the AL West as the A’s moved into a tie for first with the Rangers. On Tuesday A.J. Pierzynski had two hits including a home run, and Lance Berkman and Elvis Andrus each had hits as the Rangers scored two runs on seven hits in all. On the mound starting pitcher Derek Holland allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out four over 4.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-3 on the season. For Wednesday’s game the Rangers start Nicholas Tepesch who has lost his last two decisions, For the season Tepesch has allowed 61 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 45 over 62 innings for a 3-5 record and a 3.92 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians had been in a rough spot looking desperately for a win but at least for a day they put it together getting the win in Arlington. Mark Reynolds had two hits and Drew Stubbs, Nick Swisher, and Ryan Raburn each had hits as the Indians scored five runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber allowed six hits and run while striking out three over 8.0 innings for the win and to 4-4 on the season. For Wednesday’s game the Indians start Ubaldo Jimenez who only lasted three innings in his last start but before that he had been improving each game. For the season Jimenez has allowed 55 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 63 over 62.2 innings for a 4-4 record and a 5.03 ERA.
Texas is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 11-6 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Tepesch’s last five starts as a favorite. Cleveland is 6-16 in their last 22 games, 31-62 in their last 93 games as an underdog, and 4-12 in Jimenez’s last 16 road starts. Cleveland is 4-13 in their last 17 games in Texas.
The total here looks to be high as these two seem to go under the bulk of the time they face each one another.

Pick
Under 10

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians face off on Monday at Yankee Stadium for game one of their series. The Yankees are -1456 favorites over the Indians with an over/under total set at 8.5.
The New York Yankees still have several key players on the DL but they still continue to contend in the AL East. The Yankees are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 16-13 at home this season, and they are three games back in the AL East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .246 with Robinson Cano hitting .291, Brett Gardener hitting .258, and Ichiro Suzuki hitting .257. The Yankees opponents are hitting .257 with New York pitching staff having an ERA of 3.75. For game one against the Indians the Yankees start Andy Pettitte who makes his return from the 15 day disabled list. For the season Pettitte has allowed 49 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 39 over 49.1 innings for a 4-3 record and a 3.83 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians are contending in the AL Central but they have failed to take advantage of recent chances to make a move in the standings. The Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 12-14 on the road this season, and they are .5 games behind the Tigers in the NL Central standings. As a team the Indians are hitting .260 with Michael Bourn hitting .301, Michael Brantley hitting .299, and Carlos Santana hitting .283. The Indians opponents are hitting .245 and the Cleveland pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26. For game one in the Bronx the Indians start Justin Masterson who has pitched like an ALL Star this season. For the year Masterson has allowed 63 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 83 over 82 innings for a 8-3 record and a 3.07 ERA.
New York is 7-1 in their last eight games against the AL Central, 5-1 in their last six game one of a series, and 41-20 in Pettitte’s last 61 starts. Cleveland is 20-41 in their last 61 road games, 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog, and 7-2 in Masterson’s last nine starts against the AL East. Cleveland is 16-37 in their last 53 games in New York.
While Pettitte is a first ballot Hall of Fame pitcher, he also hasn’t been consistent of late and getting Masterson as dog here is well worth the play.

Pick
Cleveland Indians +135 New York Yankees

Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners close out their weekend series as they face off for a Monday afternoon game in Cleveland. The Mariners are -114 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians continue to lead the AL Central and on Sunday they added an exclamation point jumping all over one of the best pitchers in baseball. Michael Brantley hit a home runs and had four RBI’s and Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis, and Mike Aviles all added two hits each as the Indians scored six runs on nine hits in all. Starting pitcher Justin Masterson was virtually unhittable as he allowed three hits and struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings to get the win and go to 7-2 on the season. For Monday’s game Cleveland starts Scott Kazmir who continues his unlikely comeback story. For the season Kazmir has allowed 29 hits and 15 earned runs whiles striking out 28 over 25.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 5.33 ERA.
The Seattle Mariners came to Cleveland with hopes of showing they were an improved team instead they are on the verge of getting swept in a four game series. Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, and Jesus Montero all had hits on Sunday but the Mariners failed to score on four hits total. On the mound ace Felix Hernandez allowed eight hits and six runs, five earned, while striking out eight over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-3 on the year. For Monday’s game the mariners look to avoid the sweep as they send Hisashi Iwakuma out for the start. For the season Iwakuma has allowed 38 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 55 over 58.2 innings for a 5-1 record and a 1.84 ERA.
Cleveland is 10-1 in their last 11 games as an underdog, 21-7 in their last 28 games, and 13-2 in their last 15 home games. Seattle is 6-14 in their last 20 road games, 5-17 in their last 22 games after losing the first three games of a series, and 16-5 in Iwakuma’s last 21 starts. Seattle has lost six in a row in Cleveland.
The total in this one is set just about right but my lean is that this one stays under the number.

Pick
Under 8

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians face off on Wednesday in Philadelphia for game two of their interleague series. The Phillies are -168 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies are used to being the hunted in the National League East but this year they are clearly the hunters and with Tuesday’s win they continue to quietly work their way up the standings. Dominic Brown had two hits including a home run, Kevin Frandsen hit a home run, and John Mayberry had three hits as the Phillies scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three over 6.2 innings to get the win and go to 3-0 for the season. For Wednesday afternoon’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Hamels has allowed 43 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 43 over 51.2 innings for a 1-5 record and a 4.18 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have been one of the hotter teams in baseball but they were cooled off on Tuesday by the Phillies. Nick Swisher had two hits and Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera had hits as the Indians scored two runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed six hits and four runs while striking gout three over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 on the year. On Wednesday Cleveland starts Corey Kluber who has lost his last two starts. For the season Kluber has allowed 28 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 20 over 22.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 5.64 ERA.
Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last eight interleague games, 3-5 in their last eight home games, and 2-7 in Hamels’ last nine interleague starts. Cleveland is 5-11 in their last 16 interleague games against a left handed starter, 3-10 in their last 13 against the NL East, and 4-11 in Kluber’s last 15 starts.
I expect to see some offense and not sure if either of these pitchers get a decision but I give the Phillies just a slight edge in a pick.

Pick
Philadelphia Phillies -168 Cleveland Indians

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