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Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (29-33) at Chicago Cubs (34-27)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

T Bauer (5-3) (3.53) vs. J Arrieta (6-4) (3.16)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -140 / Cleveland Indians +130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio

The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians face off on Tuesday at Wrigley Field in game one of their interleague MLB series.

The Chicago Cubs continue to chase the Cardinals in the National League Central but they aren’t gaining any ground. The Cubs are 18-12 at home, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are in third place in the NL Central standings, 6.5 games behind the Cardinals. As a team the Cubs are hitting .245 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .307, Kris Bryant hitting .294, and Starlin Castro hitting .268. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65 with the starters at 3.78 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one against the Cardinals the Cubs start Jake Arrieta who has allowed 71 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 83 over 77 innings for a 6-4 record and a 3.16 ERA.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians have been a disappointment this season and they are in fourth place in the American League Central. The Indians are 406 in their last 10 games, 17-15 on the road, and they are 6.5 games behind the Royals in the AL Central standings. As a team the Indians are hitting .254 with Jason Kipnis hitting .335, Michael Brantley hitting .301, and Brandon Moss hitting .255. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.37 and the bullpen at 3.43. For game one against the Cubs the Indians start Trevor Bauer who has allowed 58 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 75 over 74 innings for a 5-3 record and a 3.53 ERA.

Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight games, 10-4 as a home favorite, and 1-4 in Arrieta’s last five home starts. Cleveland is 4-1 as an underdog, 17-36 in game one of a series, and 4-1 in Bauer’s last five interleague starts. Cleveland has lost their last four games against Chicago.

I still see Arrieta as over rated but Bauer hasn’t been good of late so while it is a lean at best I will take the Cubs in this spot. 

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Chicago Cubs -135

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