Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs Matchup

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The Cleveland Indians are traveling west to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be televising this interleague matchup.

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 25-19 SU and 20-24 ATS. The team has lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors and 4.2 units against the spread (ATS). The Indians have gone 22-23 SU this year and are 18-27 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 11.9 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the seasons early going and 12.8 units ATS.

Chicago games have had an over/under record of 19-24-1 so far in 2018. The Indians have an over/under record of 23-21-1.

The right-handed Trevor Bauer will get the start for the visiting Indians. Bauer is 3-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 67 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA against Chicago this year.

The Cubs are putting the ball in the right hand of Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 3.14 ERA, 1.49 WHIP), who has 40 strikeouts and 34 walks. Chatwood is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA against Cleveland this year.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73, a WHIP of 1.33 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.62, a WHIP of 1.19 and a K/9 of 9.1.

Chicago’s hitters have put up 5.4 runs per outing, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .299/.402/.465 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Cubs offense has been led by third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez. Bryant is slashing .305/.427/.583 with eight home runs, 24 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and Baez’s line is .268/.299/.565 with 11 homers, 38 RBIs, 28 runs and five steals.

In the visiting dugout, Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 3.42 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 8.39 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.72, along with a K-per-9 of 9.29.

Indians hitters have slashed .245/.316/.431 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 5.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Cleveland’s offense has been led by third baseman Jose Ramirez and shortstop Francisco Lindor, who collectively have swatted 25 home runs. Ramirez is slashing .295/.384/.601 with 13 home runs, 31 RBIs, 29 runs and six steals, while Lindor is hitting .298/.370/.564 with 12 homers, 27 RBIs, 36 runs and five steals.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .273/.337/.505, Lindor had a little trouble hitting righties on the road in 2017, maintaining a slash line of only .220/.270/.439 over 241 such plate appearances.

The Indians have lost 12.4 units and are 10-18 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 13 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 3.1 units and are 15-18 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 14 of those games, compared to 18 that went under the total.

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • Cleveland has recorded 23.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 12 over their last 10.