Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cleveland Indians 7-23-2018

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cleveland Indians 7-23-2018

Pittsburgh Pirates (49-49) vs Cleveland Indians (53-43)

Date : 07/23/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cleveland Indians

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians will take place at Progressive Park in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday night at 7:10 pm EST.  The Pirates have fallen to the 4th place slot within the NL Central division while the Indians remain in 1st place within the AL Central.  In their last outing, the Indians would defeat the Yankees at home by a 5-2 score on 7-15-2018.  Cleveland would cash in on the money line as favorites (-133) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs.  Masahiro Tanaka would get the no decision as he went 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.54.  Trevor Bauer also received the no decision as he went 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer, and 7 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.24 for the game.  The Yanks had 7 hits for the game as Giancarlo Stanton was 2-4 while Aaron Hicks and Neil Walker each had a hit with an RBI in the loss.  Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley each went 1-3 with a combined 3 RBI’s for the Indians in the victory.  The Indians would get the slim 9-8 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on 7-20-2018 to begin the 2nd half of the 2018 campaign.

The Pirates would pick up the 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on the road on 7-15-2018.  The Pirates would cash in on the money line as favorites (-109) while the over was the play with total runs being set at 7.5 for the game.  Jhoulys Chacin was solid, yet, received the no decision as he went 5.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on 1 hit and a homer with an ERA of 3.68 for the game while Joe Musgrove also did not factor into the decision in this game as he pitched 7 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.08.  Christian Yelich was 3-5 in the loss for Milwaukee while Brett Phillips was 2-4 with 4 RBI’s.  Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson were each 2-5 for the Pirates while also having 2 RBI’s apiece.  To begin the second half of the season, the Pirates were 12-1 road winners over the Cincinnati Reds on 7-20-2018 in game 1 of a 3-game set.

Pittsburgh Pirates 's Latest Performance :

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, the Pirates would not only win a 3-game home set versus the reeling Washington Nationals on 7-11-2018, but, they would also sweep a 5-game home set against the Brewers on 7-15-2018 to end the 1st half of the season.  This momentum would translate into the opener of a 3-game road set versus the Reds as they picked up the 12-1 win on 7-20-2018.

For the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates average 4.46 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .252 (12th), 100 homers (22nd) along with 45 stolen bases (17th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.29 (19th) with 841 strikeouts (14th) along with 43 quality starts on the year (11th).

Corey Dickerson (.306 BA on 330 AB), Francisco Cervelli (.243 BA on 189 AB), Starling Marte (.283 BA on 329 AB), and Colin Moran (.274 BA on 270 AB) have been the most consistent hitters in the lineup for the Pirates this year.  Jordy Mercer (.252 BA on 301 AB) and Josh Bell (.258 BA on 329 AB) have also been solid for Pittsburgh this year at the plate.

Trevor Williams (7-7, 99 IP, 53 R, 89 H, 12 HR, 35 BB, 71 SO, 4.36 ERA) and Ivan Nova (5-6, 102.2 IP, 55 R, 114 H, 19 HR, 17 BB, 79 SO, 4.38 ERA) have shined on the mound for the Pirates, at times, this year.


Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :

The Cleveland Indians come into this matchup winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1.  Recently, the Indians would lose a 3-game set versus the Cincinnati Reds on 7-11-2018, yet, would tie a 4-game home set versus the Yankees on 7-15-2018 to enter the All-Star break.  They would come off the break getting a 9-8 victory against the Texas Rangers on 7-20-2018.

For the season, the Indians are averaging 5.17 runs per game (3rd) with a team batting average of .257 (8th), 134 homers (3rd) along with 77 stolen bases (2nd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 (17th) with 884 strikeouts (5th), along with 59 quality starts, good for 2nd in the MLB.

Jose Ramirez (.302 BA on 364 AB) and Francisco Lindor (.292 BA on 391 AB) have spearheaded the Indians offensive attack this season.  Yonder Alonso (.258 BA on 302 AB) and Edwin Encarnacion (.231 BA on 325 AB) have struggled a bit, yet, continue to be offensive leaders for the Indians.  Jason Kipnis (.224 BA on 330 AB) has also struggled thus far in the young season.

Corey Kluber (12-5, 140.1 IP, 43 R, 104 H, 19 HR, 17 BB, 172 SO, 2.76 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (8-6, 140.1 IP, 46 R, 114 H, 6 HR, 47 BB, 182 SO, 2.44 ERA) have been the most consistent thus far.  Mike Clevenger (7-5, 122 IP, 49 R, 111 H, 10 HR, 40 BB, 118 SO, 3.47 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 102.2 IP, 48 R, 97 H, 13 HR, 23 BB, 112 SO, 4.12 ERA) have been very solid in their own right thus far in the season and are bright spots for Cleveland’s pitching staff.

How Pittsburgh Pirates & Cleveland Indians Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Pirates are 47-51 ATS while the O/U is 48-44-6.  On the other hand, the Indians are 45-51 ATS while the O/U is 51-41-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Corey Kluber (12-5) will get the start for Cleveland in game 1 of this series as he will be looking to put behind him a subpar performance at the mound against the Yankees on 7-12-2018 where he pitched 7.1 innings while allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 homers in a 7-4 loss.  Kluber has allowed 15 earned runs on 27 hits along with 5 homers in his last 5 starts while the over is 6-1 in his last 7 outings.  The Indians are 2-4 in Kluber’s last 6 appearances on the mound.  Surprisingly enough, this will be the right-hander’s first crack at taming the up and down lineup for the Pirates, however, Kluber has had experience facing Corey Dickerson (4-12) and David Freese (2-3) in the past.  In all, Kluber is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA with 17 punch outs in his last 3 outings.  No other pitchers have been assigned for this series.

Totals Selection: Games 1, 2, &3: Under

My reason for the prediction :

With the pitching staff for the Indians continuing to remain solid throughout the season, despite a few setbacks along the way, along with the Pirates pitching staff surrendering only a total of 17 runs in their last 7 games, I full expect this series to be one where not too many runs will be scored.  Combine this with the fact that under has been the play in 7 of the last 11 games for the Pirates, overall, while the over has been the result in 6 of the last 8 games for the Indians, primarily due to its pitching staff being a bit more careless at the mound than usual in recent outings in giving up 45 runs in their last 8 contests.  Nonetheless, I expect the Indians to weather this storm while performing well in this series.  Again, both teams will come out focused in this all-important interleague showdown thus preventing the total from going over its set number.

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates :

  • Betting Trends for Pittsburgh Pirates

    • The Pirates are 8-6 in last 14 games
    • The Pirates are 5-7 in last 12 road games
    • The Over is 7-2 in Pirates last 9 road games

Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:

  • Betting Trends for Cleveland Indians

    • The Indians are 4-6 in last 10 home games
    • The Indians are 9-10 in last 19 games
    • The Over is 6-2-2 in Indians last 10 home games


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