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Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (56-38) at Baltimore Orioles (54-40)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

J Tomlin (10-2) (3.34) vs. K Gausman (1-7) (4.05)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -115 / Cleveland Indians +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The MLB is bringing us another big game on Saturday between the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles. 

This will be game two of the set from Oriole Park. In Friday’s opener, the Orioles managed a 5-1 win, scoring all their runs in the first three innings alone. 

Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Saturday’s match-up, the Indians will be rolling out right-hander Josh Tomlin. Over his 17 starts and 10-2 record this year, Tomlin holds a 3.34 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 107.2 innings. During his last start in Minnesota, Tomlin secured a win with 7.2 innings, six hits and one earned. 

Backing things up at the plate, the Indians hitters are a pretty plucky group. Francisco Lindor heads the charge on 110 hits with 67 runs, 12 homers and 49 RBI. Jason Kipnis has hit 105 times with 53 runs, 16 homers and 52 RBI. Carlos Santana is sitting on 90 hits with 55 runs, 21 homers and 54 RBI so far. Santana came up empty on Friday, however. 

As for the Orioles, they’ll be bringing out right-hander Kevin Gausman on Saturday. In his 16 starts and 1-7 record this year, Gausman has put up a 4.05 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 93.1 innings. In New York his last time out, Gausman gave up just two earned in 6.2 innings on six hits but still took the loss. 

Fortunately, the Orioles still have plenty of firepower at the plate. Manny Machado has 115 hits with 20 homers, 55 RBI and 66 runs this year. Machado logged a solo homer on Friday. Jonathan Schoop is up there as well on 105 hits with 52 runs, 16 homers and 56 RBI. Mark Trumbo has hit 107 times with 56 runs, 29 homers and 71 RBI in 2016. Trumbo also hit a homer on Friday. 

The Indians are 8-1 in their last nine game twos of a series, and 12-1 in Tomlin’s last 13 road starts. Cleveland is also 22-4 in Tomlin’s last 26 starts, and 5-1 in Tomlin’s last six Saturday starts. 

As for the Orioles, they’re 5-1 in their last six Saturday games, and 7-2 in their last nine game twos of a series. Baltimore is also 4-1 in Gausman’s last five Saturday starts, and 2-5 in Gausman’s last seven starts. 

I like Tomlin by a wide margin in the pitching matchup here, so give me the Orioles for the likely victory.

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Baltimore Orioles -115

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