Indians vs. Rangers Prediction
Will the Cleveland Indians go on the road and pitch their way past the Texas Rangers when the two begin their weekend series tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, July 20, 2018
8:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
TV: FSSW (Tex); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are the clear favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -200 to win, while the Rangers are listed with odds of +170 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 79 percent going on Cleveland on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Indians lead AL Central
The Indians have lost six of their last nine going into the break, but still lead the AL Central by 7.5 games. Cleveland is 52-43 overall and 21-24 on the road. The Indians are putting up 5.13 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.26 per contest.
Trevor Bauer is getting the start for the Indians this evening. He has started 20 games this season and has an 8-6 record with a 2.24 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Bauer has pitched 136.1 innings this season and has 175 strikeouts with 42 walks.
Rangers struggling at the break
The Rangers lost five of their last six entering the break and they currently sit last in the AL West. Texas is 41-56 overall and 19-28 at home. The Rangers are putting up 4.37 runs per game this season while allowing 5.02 runs per contest.
Martin Perez is getting the start for the Rangers this evening. He has started six games this year and has a 2-4 record with a 7.67 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP. Perez has pitched 29.1 innings this year and has 17 strikeouts with 14 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians have won 14 of Bauer’s last 20 starts against AL West opponents and nine of his last 13 starts in a series opener.
The Rangers are 2-7 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter. They are also just 4-10 in Perez’ last 14 Friday starts.
The pitching matchup here is very much in favor of Cleveland. Bauer has been locked in this year and has been able to get a lot of strikeouts. Texas can hit the ball, but their pitching is quite lackluster. Perez hasn’t been able to lock down teams either, which is likely to lead to some runs for Cleveland.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -200