Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (14-21) at Texas Rangers (15-22)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
C Carrasco (4-3) (4.84) vs. N Martinez (2-0) (1.88)
The Line: Texas Rangers +111 / Cleveland Indians -121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, Sports Time Ohio
The Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Sunday as they close out their MLB series.
The Texas Rangers battled with their bats on Saturday but in the end they were outscored as they fell to the Indians. Shin-Soo Choo, Robinson Chirinios, and Tommy Field each hit home runs as the Rangers scored eight runs on 13 hits. Starting pitcher Colby Lewis allowed seven hits and six runs while striking out seven over 5.0 innings to not get a decision as Neftali Feliz took the loss on his third blown save of the year. For Sunday’s game the Rangers start Nick Martinez who has allowed 40 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 19 over 43 innings for a 2-0 record and a 1.88 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians just kept swinging the bats on Saturday scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to get the win. Jason Kipnis had three hits including a home run, Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, and David Murphy and Brandon Moss each had two hits as the Indians scored 10 runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Danny Salazar allowed nine hits and seven runs, five earned, while striking out four over 4.2 innings to not get a decision as Scott Atchison got the win and Cody Allen earned his sixth save. For Sunday’s game the Indians start Carlos Carrasco who has allowed 39 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 42 over 35.1 innings for a 4-3 record and a 4.84 ERA.
Texas is 3-7 in game three of a series, 3-10 in their last 13 home games, and 6-1 in Martinez’s last seven starts. Cleveland is 7-1 against the AL West, 2-7 in game three of a series, and 4-1 in Carrasco’s last five road starts. Cleveland has won five in a row in Texas.
Both of these pitchers have been hit recently and I see this one going over the total of 8.5. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.