Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/7/14
Cleveland Indians (30-30) at Texas Rangers (30-30)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Josh Tomlin (R) (2-2) (3.067) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (2-1) (4.427)
The Line: Texas Rangers -134 / Cleveland Indians +124 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FS1
The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers will play game two of four when they take the field Saturday afternoon.
The Indians had their six-game winning streak snapped with Friday’s loss and drop a game below a .500 record. Still, you have to like the way the Indians have been playing, as they’ve scored four or more runs in six of their last seven games and finally seem to have their pitching staff on track. Despite having an ERA of 3.97, the Indians have allowed three or less runs in five of their last nine games. Michael Brantley has gotten on base at least once in nine of his last 10 games and Lonnie Chisenhall had three RBI in Friday’s game. Getting the nod is Josh Tomlin, who is 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. This will be Tomlin’s second career start against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have won two straight games to get back above a .500 record, but are still wildly inconsistent. During these two wins, the Rangers have scored a combined 14 runs, but have allowed four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Rangers pitching staff has one of the worst ERAs at 4.38. But there may be value to the Rangers now that they’re scoring, as Adrian Beltre has seven RBI in his last four games and Michael Choice has four hits and four RBI in his last two games. Nick Tepesch gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. This is Tepesch’s second career start against the Indians.
The Indians are 2-5 in Tomlin's last 7 road starts and 1-4 in Tomlin's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Rangers are 5-1 in Tepesch's last 6 starts as a favorite and 1-4 in Tepesch's last 5 starts vs. American League Central. The Indians are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Texas.
Are the Rangers turning the corner? Who knows? I'd give it another game or two before buying back in. In the meantime, Tomlin has pitched well this season. There's value in taking him on the road against an up-and-down Rangers squad for the plus money.