Cleveland Indians vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The Cleveland Indians are ready to take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. SportsTime Ohio will broadcast this interleague matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Cleveland (-170) as the favorite over St. Louis (+160). Gamblers are able to bet on the games total with odds posted at -110 for over 7.5 runs and -110 for under 7.5. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at Indians -1.5 runs (-120) and Cardinals +1.5 runs (+100).

The Cardinals are 41-36 straight up (SU) and 37-39 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 6.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.0 units (ATS). The Indians are 43-34 SU and have gone 37-39 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 5.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 5.5 units ATS.

Cardinals games have an over/under record of 31-41-4 so far in 2018. Cleveland has been a decent over bet with a total record of 40-34-2.

Corey Kluber will get the nod for Cleveland. The right-handed Kluber is 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA and 113 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cardinals are planning to start righty Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24 ERA), who has 65 strikeouts and 42 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.46 WHIP. Martinez did not record a start against the Indians in 2017.

Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.30 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.23 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.23, along with a WHIP of 1.11 and a K/9 of 8.84.

Indians hitters have slashed .255/.328/.439 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.6 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is slashing .292/.368/.549 with 19 home runs, 44 RBIs, 63 runs and 10 steals, while Ramirez has a .296 average with 23 homers, 52 RBIs, 55 runs and 12 stolen bases.

For the home team, St. Louis pitching staff has yielded 4.1 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.16 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The St. Louis hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The teams hit .217/.315/.360 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Cardinals batters have been led by outfielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez. Ozuna is hitting .287/.334/.429 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 31 runs scored, while Martinez line is .299/.371/.489 with 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Cleveland has recorded 19 extra-base hits over its last five games. St. Louis has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • Cleveland has posted 24.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 27.2 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit 14 home runs over their last 10 games.