Pirates vs. Indians Prediction
After two dominant victories on Monday and Tuesday, will the Pittsburgh Pirates close out a sweep of the Cleveland Indians when the two meet at 1:10PM ET today?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
1:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: ATPT (Pit); STO (Cle)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are the favorite at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -170 to win. The Pirates are listed with a money line of +155 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pirates staying hot
The Pirates claimed their 11th straight win on Tuesday in a 9-4 win over the Indians. They have scored at least 6 runs in nine of the 11 wins in this streak, including their last seven. Pittsburgh is 53-49 overall and 24-25 on the road. Pittsburgh is putting up 4.59 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.50 per contest.
Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Pirates this evening. He is making his 21st start of the season and comes into this game with a 7-7 record, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Taillon has pitched 111.1 innings this year and has 109 strikeouts and 31 walks.
The Indians dropped their third straight game on Tuesday in the 9-4 loss to Pittsburgh. Cleveland has been outscored 16-4 in the two games in this series. The Tribe are now 54-46 overall and 31-21 at home. Cleveland is putting up 5.16 runs per contest while giving up 4.37 per contest.
Trevor Bauer is on the mound for the Indians this evening. He has started 21 games this season for the Tribe and has an 8-6 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Bauer has logged 140.1 innings and has 182 strikeouts and 47 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won seven straight interleague road games and they have won eight of their last nine Wednesday games. They are also 13-3 in their last 16 against a right-handed starter.
The Indians have lost four of their last five interleague games and six of their last eight against a team with a winning record.
The Pirates are on fire at the plate and overall right now. While Bauer has good numbers this year, he is coming off a poor outing against the Rangers and has given up multiple runs in four of his last five starts. Taillon has given up just two runs over his last 11.1 innings of work and I think he can continue that trend against Cleveland today. Continue to go with the hot Pirates as big underdogs.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +155