Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds Prediction - 8/3/14
Texas Rangers (43-66) at Cleveland Indians (54-55)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Yu Darvish (R) (10-6) (2.903) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (4-6) (4.248)
The Line: Cleveland Indians +109 / Texas Rangers -119 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, STO
The Cleveland Indians look to sweep the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Rangers are 5-10 since the All Star break and 24 games below a .500 record Despite allowing just two runs in Saturday’s loss, the Rangers pitching staff continues to struggle, allowing four or more runs in 14 of their last 23 games. Overall, the Rangers have the worst ERA in baseball at 4.92 and have lost 19 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has a nine-game hitting streak. Starting is Yu Darvish, who is 10-6 with a 2.90 ERA and has 167 strikeouts in 133.1 innings. Darvish is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.
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The Indians have won four of their last six games and are back to being a .500 ball club. The Indians pitching staff is doing what it can, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Indians have an ERA of 3.85 and have won four straight when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has seven hits in his last three games and Carlos Santana has 11 RBI in his last eight games. Trevor Bauer gets the nod, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 89 innings. This is Bauer’s second career start against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 14-5 in Darvishs last 19 starts during game 3 of a series and 16-7 in Darvishs last 23 starts overall. The Indians are 4-0 in Bauers last 4 starts as an underdog and 5-2 in Bauers last 7 home starts.
I've been fading the Rangers all season and stacking the cash, but there's value to getting Darvish with the low price. This is one of the few spots it looks safe to take Texas.