Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Preview

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The Cleveland Indians will be facing off against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park. SportsTime Ohio will showcase this AL matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles Odds

Vegas is listing Baltimore (+195) as the underdog to Cleveland (-215). Bettors are able to wager on the games total with odds posted at -105 for over 7.5 runs and -115 for under 7.5. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Indians -1.5 runs (-145) and Orioles +1.5 runs (+125).

The Indians have gone 10-8 SU this year and are 6-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the seasons early going and 6.0 units ATS. The Orioles, on the other hand, are 6-15 SU and 7-13 ATS. They’ve lost 6.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.7 units ATS.

Orioles games have an 8-11-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The Indians have been a decent under bet with a total record of 5-12.

Corey Kluber will get the start for the visiting Indians. The right-handed Kluber is 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 33 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Orioles this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts across nine innings).

The Orioles are sending righty Andrew Cashner (1-2, 3.00 ERA) to the mound. Cashner has 21 strikeouts and 11 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.25. Cashner only made one start against the Indians in 2017 (0-1, 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts across five innings).

Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 2.8 runs per game and its starters own a 2.59 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 7.78 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 2.74, along with a K/9 of 8.76.

Indians hitters have slashed .211/.285/.353 on their way to 3.4 runs scored per game this season, including 3.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Third baseman Jose Ramirez and left fielder Michael Brantley have led Cleveland’s hitters. Ramirez is slashing .221/.338/.441 with 15 hits, five home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored, while Brantley has a .341 average with 14 hits, seven RBIs and two runs scored.

For the home team, Baltimore’s pitchers have given up 5.4 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.23, a WHIP of 1.61 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4. The bullpen has a 4.37 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

Baltimore’s offense has produced 3.3 runs per contest, including 3.1 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .217/.296/.416 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Manny Machado and left fielder Trey Mancini have led the way for the Orioles hitters this year. Machado is slashing .337/.421/.639 with six home runs, 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored, and Mancini’s line sits at .284/.352/.420 with 23 hits, seven RBIs and 10 runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .260/.311/.473, Machado seemed to enjoy hitting righties at home last season, slashing .286/.355/.534 over 265 such plate appearances.

The Indians have lost 5.3 units and are 5-7 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in four of those games, compared to eight that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Orioles have lost 3.1 units and are 4-8 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in four of those games, as opposed to eight which went under the total.

Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in three of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • Baltimore has posted 17.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 17.6 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.