Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14
Baltimore Orioles (68-50) at Cleveland Indians (59-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Wei-Yin Chen (L) (12-4) (3.897) vs. Corey Kluber (R) (13-6) (2.464)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -168 / Baltimore Orioles +158 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, STO
The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series on Friday at Progressive Field.
The Baltimore Orioles are 9-3 in the month of August and 19 games above .500. The Orioles pitching staff has really carried the way during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The Orioles have an ERA of 3.66, which is 15th in all of baseball, and they’ve won nine straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Nelson Cruz has a six-game hitting streak and Adam Jones has five RBIs in his last two games. Starting is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 12-4 with a 3.90 ERA and has 96 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. Chen is 0-1 with a 7.62 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last eight games and are one game below .500. While you can blame the Indians pitching staff, their offense has produced three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Indians have lost nine of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Michael Brantley has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Yan Gomes also has hits in nine of his last 10 games. The Indians have an ERA of 3.84, which is 18th in baseball. Corey Kluber takes the mound, and he’s 13-6 with a 2.46 ERA and has 187 strikeouts in 171.2 innings. Kluber is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 10-1 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Chens last 6 starts. The Indians are 21-5 in their last 26 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 6-1 in Klubers last 7 starts. The Orioles are 15-35 in the last 50 meetings in Cleveland.
Two great pitchers on the mound and two hot teams, this is clrealy a toss-up. I'll take my chances of the O's on the road.