Cardinals at Indians - 5/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (22-9) at Cleveland Indians (11-19)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
L Lynn (1-3) (3.82) vs. C Carrasco (4-2) (4.71)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / St. Louis Cardinals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, STO
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Cardinals have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Cardinals have split their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kolten Wong leads St. Louis with 37 hits and 17 RBI while Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday have combined for 37 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last six games on the road. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Lynn’s first career game against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Indians have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Indians have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 37 hits and 14 RBI while Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss have combined for 40 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have split their last eight games on their home field. Carlos Carrasco takes the hill, and he’s 4-2 with a 4.71 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This is Carrasco’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 3-9 in Lynns last 12 starts. The Indians are 5-17 in their last 22 during game 1 of a series and 8-22 in Carrascos last 30 home starts. The Cardinals are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings.
The Cardinals are playing far better baseball than the Indians, and have the better pitcher in this matchup. I like the Cards to strike first blood in this series.