Phillies vs. Indians Prediction
The Cleveland Indians won a fourth straight game last night to pull even for the second AL Wild Card spot. Can Cleveland keep it rolling tonight as it begins an interleague series at home against the Philadelphia Phillies?
Friday, September 20, 2019
Citizens Bank Park at 7:10PM ET
TV: SportsTime Ohio
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are a -205 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Phillies are a +188 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 80 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Cleveland. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Phillies edged in series finale
Philadelphia lost by a score of 5-4 Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta to drop to 78-73 overall and 35-38 on the road. Cesar Hernandez helped lead the Phillies offense as he finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. Scott Kingery was 1-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Adam Haseley ended the contest 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Aaron Nola took the loss for Philadelphia as he gave up five earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Drew Smyly will start tonight for Philadelphia as he enters with a 4-6 record, 6.22 ERA and 1.60 WHIP plus 110 strikeouts over 105 2/3 innings.
Indians shut down Tigers
Cleveland rolled to a 7-0 home win Thursday night over Detroit to improve to 90-63 overall and 47-31 at home. Franmil Reyes helped pace the Indians offense as he was 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. Francisco Lindor ended the contest 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Yasiel Puig was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Mike Clevinger picked up the win as he threw six shutout innings with seven hits allowed six strikeouts and one walk. Shane Bieber gets the start today as he comes in with a 14-7 record, 3.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP plus 245 strikeouts over 201 1/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are 4-0 in their last four road games. Philadelphia is 5-0 in the last five Smyly road starts.
The Indians are 7-2 in their last nine games overall. Cleveland is 5-1 in the last six Bieber starts.
While Smyly has been undeniably better with the Phillies, he's still prone to the long ball and has still been fairly run of the mill despite a high strikeout rate. With Cleveland fighting for a playoff spot and putting Bieber on the mound here, I think the hosts are in a great spot. Philadelphia has been a big disappointment this season and I don't see an underdog win in the cards here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND INDIANS -205