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Indians vs. Cubs - 6/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (34-28) at Cleveland Indians (30-33)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

J Hammel (5-2) (2.81) vs. D Salazar (6-2) (3.54)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -131 / Chicago Cubs +121 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CHI, STO

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians end their series Thursday night.

The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cubs have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 71 hits and 39 RBI while Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro have combined for 71 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven road games. Jason Hammel gets the nod, and he’s 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

Indians vs. Cubs - 6/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Indians have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 85 hits and 28 RBI while Michael Brantley and Brandon Moss have combined for 69 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last seven home games. Danny Salazar takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.54 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. This will be Salazar’s first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 0-5 in Hammels last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Indians are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 8-3 in Salazars last 11 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

While Salazar has been solid all season, the Indians are facing a red hot Cubs team that just scored a boatload of runs on Wednesday. Also, Hammel hasn't been a slouch. I like the plus money and the Cubs. 

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Chicago Cubs +121

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