Carlos Santana and the surging Cleveland Indians will be taking on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in a Thursday day game. Fox Sports Southwest will televise this AL matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.
Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers Odds
Las Vegas has Cleveland (-110) as the favorite over Texas (+100). The total currently stands at 9 runs and gamblers can play the over for -105 and the under for -115. There’s a runline of Indians -1.5 (+135) and Rangers +1.5 (-155) for this matchup.
The Indians have gone 39-34 SU this year and are 34-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.2 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.9 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 39-35 SU and 45-28 ATS. They’ve gained 14.6 units for moneyline bettors and 13.4 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.
Texas games have had an over/under record of 36-36-1 so far in 2019. Indians games have gone under 40 times, gone over 30 times and pushed on two occasions.
The right-handed Shane Bieber is projected to start for the visiting Indians. Bieber is 6-2 with a 3.92 ERA and 108 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Rangers are sending lefty Mike Minor (6-4, 2.63 ERA) to the mound. Minor has 99 strikeouts and 32 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.18. Minor did not record a start against the Indians in 2018.
Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.23 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.78 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.31, along with a WHIP of 1.22 and a K-per-9 of 9.37.
The Indians offense has slashed .235/.319/.402 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this year, including 6.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).
Cleveland’s offense has been fueled by first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop Francisco Lindor, who’ve collectively belted 26 home runs. Santana is slashing .288/.412/.514 with 14 home runs, 43 RBIs and 49 runs scored. Lindor (.298/.363/.523) is up to 12 homers, 26 RBIs, 36 runs and nine stolen bases.
In the home-team dugout, Texas’ pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.19, a WHIP of 1.50 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 4.69 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.0 K/9.
The Texas hitters have produced 5.6 runs per contest, including 5.0 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .222/.293/.401 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Rangers’ hitters have been led by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is slashing .300/.339/.452 with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 39 runs and 14 steals, and Choo’s line sits at .285/.388/.508 with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and 51 runs scored.
The Indians have gained 3.3 units and are 12-9 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 11 of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 11.2 units and are 29-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 24 of those games, compared to 25 which went under the total.
Indians vs. Rangers Free MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER
- Cleveland has logged 23 extra-base hits over its last five games. Texas has 16 XBH over its last five.
- The Indians have won five of their last six games SU while the Rangers have lost three of their last four.
- Texas has posted 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 19.0 over its last five.
- The Indians have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit nine over their last 10.
- The Indians have a team OPS of .721 this season and an OPS of .703 when facing left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .778 overall and .736 against southpaws.