Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (72-54) at Texas Rangers (75-53)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
C Carrasco (9-6) (3.12) vs. A Griffin (5-3) (4.68)
The Line: Texas Rangers +115 / Cleveland Indians -125 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians absolutely wallpapered the Texas Rangers on Friday night and they will look to do the same on Saturday as Carlos Carrasco will face off with AJ Griffin.
The Tribe got one back on the Rangers after dropping the series opener on Thursday night and they will look to salvage at least a split with a win on Saturday in what is quickly becoming one of the most pivotal series of the season for these American League foes. Cleveland has been among the best teams all season long and certainly possess one of the deepest and scariest rotations in the game as they continue to throw top end talent out on a nightly basis. Cleveland will look to build on their 17-hit performance last night as their offense is catching up with the rotation and all of this without Michael Brantley in the lineup who was expected to be leaned on heavily for most of the offensive output heading into the season.
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The Rangers meanwhile were complete outclassed last night as Corey Kluber earned another victory which wiped out Texas’ series opening win and putting us at a stalemate heading into game three on Saturday. Texas still has a sizeable lead in the American League West so there isn’t much concern that they won’t make the playoffs but they have some issues they need to rectify heading into the postseason and a glaring hole is the bullpen, which has been solid for the most part this season, but doesn’t have a ton of experience and could be in line for a serious regression at a very inopportune time.
The Indians are 10-2 in Carrasco’s last 12 road starts, 9-3 in their last 12 against the AL West, and 1-4 in their last five road games while the Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 against the AL Central, 10-3 in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning record, and 38-17 in their last 55 home games. Texas was awful last night and things don’t get easier here as Carrasco gives Cleveland the edge and I am siding with the visitors.