Cubs vs. Indians Prediction
Can the Cleveland Indians defend their home turf from the Chicago Cubs when the two meet up for the first game of a midweek series tonight at 6:10PM ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: WGN (Chc); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Indians are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -115 to win. The Cubs are getting a money line of -105 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 9.5 runs. Currently, 55% of the wagers are going on the Indians at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cubs trending upward?
The Chicago Cubs haven’t had a great start to the 2018 season, but they are starting to find a little momentum heading into this series. They have won three of their last four, including two of three at Colorado. Chicago is 10-9 overall and 7-5 on the road. The Cubs are averaging 5.79 runs per game this season while allowing 4.53 per contest.
Tyler Chatwood gets the start for the Cubs today. He has lost all three starts this year as he has a 4.60 ERA with a 1.79 WHIP. Over 15.2 innings of work, he has 14 walks and 18 strikeouts.
Cleveland pitching rolling along
The Indians are coming off three straight wins over the Orioles in Baltimore. Over their last 10 games, they have held opponents to 3 runs or less in nine of them and 1 or less in five of them. The Tribe are now 12-8 overall and 6-2 at home. The Tribe are putting up 3.50 runs per game this season while allowing just 2.75 per contest
Josh Tomlin gets the start today. Of the good pitching Cleveland has had, Tomlin hasn’t been part of it for the most part. He has a 8.00 ERA over nine innings of work this season. He has a 2.11 WHIP with four walks and four strikeouts.
MLB Betting Trends
Chicago has won seven of its last eight interleague games and four of its last 5 road games. The Cubs have also won 30 of their last 37 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Indians have gone 6-17 in their last 23 interleague games, but are 9-3 in Tomlin’s last 12 starts and 6-1 in his last seven home starts.
Cleveland’s pitching has been strong, but Tomlin hasn’t really gotten on track thus far. With Chicago on a bit of an upswing, I think the Cubs can upset the Indians today. Cleveland isn’t putting up runs in great numbers this year, relying a little too much on pitching to win. I don’t think they get that great pitching tonight.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -105