Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians Matchup

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The Cleveland Indians will play host to the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio will be showing this AL matchup and the action gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Cleveland (-310) is the favorite over Texas (+255) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this day game at 8 runs (-120 for the over and +100 for the under). The games most recent runline odds stand at +125 for betting the Rangers +1.5 runs and -145 for the Indians -1.5.

The Rangers have gone 12-19 SU this year and are 12-18 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.7 units for moneyline bettors over the early part of the year and 10.1 units ATS. The Indians, on the other hand, are 15-13 SU and 10-17 ATS. They’ve lost 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.4 units ATS.

Indians games have an over/under record of 12-15 so far in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 15-13-2.

Southpaw Matt Moore will get the start for the visiting Rangers. Moore is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 2.57 ERA and five strikeouts across seven innings).

The Indians will turn to righty Corey Kluber (4-1, 2.18 ERA) to the mound. Kluber has 47 strikeouts and nine walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 0.77. Kluber made two starts against the team in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 3.31 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

Cleveland’s hitters are putting up 3.9 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The teams hit .281/.338/.492 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Jose Ramirez has helped lead the Indians offense this year with seven home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Ramirez had a minor drop-off in production when hitting lefties at home in 2017, slashing .295/.340/.442 over 103 such plate appearances (his overall season line was .318/.374/.583).

For the visitors, Texas pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.76 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.43 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.57, along with a K/9 of 8.17.

The Rangers offense has slashed .236/.310/.393 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.6 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Texas offense has been paced by Joey Gallo, who is slashing .222/.305/.487 with nine home runs, 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

The Rangers just took the previous game in this series by a score of eight runs to six.

Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in six of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Rangers have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • Cleveland has recorded 23.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.2 over its last five.