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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

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees meet for the first of two games on Monday as they play a double header in Cleveland. The Indians are -140 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 8.5 runs.
The Cleveland Indians have quietly taken the lead in the AL Central as they have been one of the hotter teams in all of baseball. The Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 10-7 at home this season, and they are tied with the Tigers for first place in the division. As a team the Indians are hitting .270 with Carlos Santana hitting .336, Michael Brantley hitting .306, and Mark Reynolds hitting .291. The Indians opponents are hitting .232 and the Cleveland pitching staff has an ERA of 4.04. For game one against the Yankees the Indians start Justin Masterson who has been the ace of the pitching staff. For the season Masterson has allowed 46 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 51 over 54 innings for a 5-2 record and a 3.67 ERA.
The New York Yankees are missing several of their superstars who are on the DL but even without them they are playing their best baseball of the season. The Yankees have won five games in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, are 11-6 on the road, and they have a game lead in the American League East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .255 with Robinson Cano hitting .311, Vernon Wells hitting .295, and Travis Hafner hitting .269. The Yankees opponents are hitting .259 with the New York pitching staff having an ERA of 3.70. For game one of the double header New York starts David Phelps who moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. For the season Phelps has allowed 28 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 31 over 28.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 5.02 ERA.
Cleveland is 4-0 in their last four home games, 13-2 in their last 15 games, and 6-1 in Masterson’s last seven starts against the AL East. New York is 6-0 in their last six road games, 4-0 in their last four road games against a right-handed starter, and 5-0 in Phelps’ last five starts. New York has won 21 of the last 28 meetings of these two.
While both of these teams are swinging the bat I see the pitchers getting the best of this one and I have just a slight lean to the under.

Pick
Under 8.5

Cleveland Indians vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Wednesday in Cleveland for game two of their series. The Phillies are -151 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Cleveland Indians haven’t had a great year thus far but on Tuesday they got the bats rolling crushing the visiting Phillies. Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Drew Stubbs all hit home runs as the Indians scored 14 runs on 17 hits. Starting pitcher Zach McAllister was in cruise control as he allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out four over seven innings to get the win and go to 2-3 on the year. For Wednesday’s game Cleveland starts Trevor Bauer who makes his second start of the year. For the season Bauer has allowed two hits and three earned runs while striking out two and walking seven over five innings of work for an 0-1 record and a 5.40 ERA.
It was over practically before it really got started for the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday as they were blasted by the Indians. Delmon Young had two hits including a home run, Chase Utley homered, and John Mayberry had a hit as the Phillies scored two run on five hits. On the mound starting pitcher Roy Halladay allowed nine hits and eight earned runs while striking out three over 3.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-3 on the year. For Wednesday’s game Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who played many years in Cleveland. For the season Lee has allowed 32 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 30 over 35.2 innings of work for a 2-1 record and a 3.03 ERA.
Cleveland is 15-31 against a team with a losing record, 21-47 in their last 68 games as an underdog, and 2-9 in their last 11 games against the NL East, Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last eight games as a favorite, 1-5 in their last six interleague games, and 1-6 in Lee’s last seven starts as a favorite. Philadelphia is 4-2 in the last six meetings of these two.
I expect to see plenty of hitting in this one despite the pitching match up and my pick is on the over.

Pick
Over 7.5

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox and the Indians meet on Tuesday for game two of their series. The White Sox are -122 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago White Sox are in last place in the AL Central and their loss to the Indians on Monday was their fourth loss in a row. Jeff Keppnger and Connor Gillespie each had two hits and Hector Gimenez added a hit but the White Sox scored just two times on five hits. On the mound starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod allowed three hits and run while striking out four over six injings and despite the strong performance he didn’t get a decision as Matt Thornton blew the save and took the loss. For Tuesday’s game Chicago starts Jose Quintana who is coming off of his first win of the year. For the season Quinatana has allowed 14 hits and five earned runs while striking out 17 over 17.2 innings of work for a 1-0 record with a 2.55 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians won for the third time in a row on Monday as they came from behind to beat the White Sox. Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jason Giambi all had hits as the Indians scored three runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Justin Masterson allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five over seven innings to get the win and go to 4-1 on the year and Chris Perez earned his third save. For Tuesday’s game Cleveland starts Zach McCallister who has lost two of his three starts this season. For the year McCallister has allowed 17 hits and six earned runs while striking out 16 over 17.1 innings of work for a 1-2 record and a 3.12 ERA.
Chicago is 2-6 in their last eight home games, 2-8 in their last nine games following a loss, and 1-4 in Quintana’s last five starts. Cleveland is 27-55 in their last 82 games overall, 7-39 in their last 56 games as a road underdog, and 1-6 in McCallister’s last seven road starts.
Chicago has been playing poorly but this looks like a spot where the Sox snap the losing streak and get a win.

Pick
Chicago White Sox -122 Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox close out their series in Cleveland on Sunday with the Indians looking for the sweep. The White Sox are -135 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians have opened their series against the White Sox with two wins and with Saturday’s win they get back to .500 on the year. Mark Reynolds had two hits including a grand slam home run, Nick Swisher had two hits including a homer, and Yan Gomes added a home run as the Indians scoed nine runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Zach McCallister allowed five hits and three runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings to get his first win of the year and raise his record to 1-1. For Sunday’s game the Indians go for the sweep as they start Brett Myers who was hit hard in his prior two appearances this season. In his only two outings Myers has allowed 18 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out four with seven home runs allowed in 10.1 innings of work for a 12.19 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox looked decent when they opened their season at home but five games into their road trip they are looking for their first road win of the year. On Saturday Alejandro De Aza hit a home run and Jeff Keppinger and Alexei Ramirez had two hits each as the White Sox scored four runs on seven hits. On the mound starting pitcher Chris Sale didn’t have it allowing eight hits and eight runs while striking out three and lasting just 4.1 innings taking his first loss of the season to drop to 1-1. For Sunday’s game Chicago starts Jake Peavy who took the loss in the first game of this road trip. For the season Peavy has allowed 13 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 13 over 11.1 innings of work for a 5.56 ERA.
Cleveland is 23-50 in their last 73 games overall, 18-41 in their last 49 games as an underdog, and 11-28 against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 7-20 in their last 27 road games, 2-6 in their last eight game three of a series, and 1-4 in Peavy’s last five starts. Chicago is 16-8 in their last 24 games in Cleveland.
With two aggressive pitchers and two aggressive teams at the plate this has the making of double digit runs and my pick is going to be the over.

Pick
Over 8

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