Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick

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The Texas Rangers will play host to the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will televise this AL matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Odds

The Rangers are 39-34 straight up (SU) and 45-27 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 15.6 units for moneyline bettors and 14.9 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Indians are 38-34 SU and have gone 33-38 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors and 6.2 units ATS. Cleveland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Texas games have an over/under record of 35-36-1 so far in 2019. The Indians have been a good under bet with a total record of 29-40-2.

Adam Plutko will get the nod for the Indians. The right-handed Plutko is 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Rangers are planning to start lefty Joe Palumbo (0-0, 9.00 ERA), who’s got four punchouts and zero walks, along with a 1.50 WHIP. Palumbo did not appear in the majors last season.

As a unit, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.05, a WHIP of 1.48 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 4.77 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

Texas’ offense has put up 5.6 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .213/.303/.372 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the Rangers’ offense this year. Andrus is hitting .298/.338/.450 with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 39 runs and 14 steals, while Choo is batting .281 with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.23 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.78 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.34, along with a WHIP of 1.21.

The Indians offense has slashed .234/.317/.398 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game this year, including 6.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

First baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop Francisco Lindor have led Cleveland’s hitters. Santana is slashing .285/.408/.514 with 14 home runs, 42 RBIs and 47 runs scored. Lindor is hitting .294/.358/.523 with 12 homers, 26 RBIs, 34 runs and nine steals.

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, as opposed to 10 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 12.2 units and are 29-19 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 23 of those games, compared to 25 that’ve gone under.

Indians at Rangers Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in only two of Cleveland’s last seven outings.
  • The Indians have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit eight over their last 10.
  • The Indians have a team OPS of .715 this season and an OPS of .683 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS sits at .777 overall and .741 against southpaws.
  • Cleveland has posted 26.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 32.2 over its last five.
  • The Indians have won four of their last five games SU.