Indians at Rangers - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (12-21) at Texas Rangers (15-19)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
B Chen (0-1) (13.50) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (1-1) (2.70)
The Line: Texas Rangers -116 / Cleveland Indians +106 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-SW, MLB Net
The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Cleveland Indians need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Indians have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Indians have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 43 hits and 15 RBI while Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss have combined for 41 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost four of their last five games on the road. Bruce Chen gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Chen is 2-3 with a 8.45 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Prince Fielder leads Texas with 48 hits and 20 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre have combined for 28 RBI. The Texas Rangers have split their last six games on their home field. Wandy Rodriguez takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-17 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League West. The Rangers are 4-11 in their last 15 games as a favorite and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. The Indians are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Texas and 11-1 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Rangers are playing better ball than the Indians right now and have the better pitcher, as Chen was brutal in his first outing. Give me the home team and the reasonable chalk.