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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (10-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (12-10)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

C Kluber (1-3) (4.67) vs. Adam Morgan (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +142 / Cleveland Indians -152 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Early Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park, we’ve got game one of a weekend series between the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cleveland finished up a three-game, early-week series against the Twins on Wednesday. The Indians dropped the first two games before snagging a 6-5 victory in the finale.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for the Phillies, they played the Nationals in a three-game set this week. Philadelphia (somewhat surprisingly) won games one and two. On Thursday in the finale, the Phillies made it a clean sweep, bagging a 3-0 victory--with all three runs coming in the ninth.

The Indians will be pitching right-hander Corey Kluber in Friday’s game. So far this season, Kluber has made four starts with a 4.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across 27 total innings. Back on Saturday in his most recent outing, Kluber posted 10 strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball against the Tigers.

Helping out at the plate, we’ve got a pretty good all-around Indians lineup. Jason Kipnis has been hitting well with 11 runs, nine RBI and 21 hits. Francisco Lindor has also been able to notch 21 hits with 12 runs. Leading the charge in the power categories is Mike Naopli, who has four homers, 12 runs and 11 RBI thus far.

Pitching for the Phillies on Friday will be left-hander Adam Morgan. While Charlie Morton is on the shelf (hamstring), Morgan will be taking a spot in the Philadelphia rotation. Over three starts for Lehigh Valley Triple-A, Morgan accumulated a 3.57 ERA.

The Philadelphia batting order has surprised a lot of people so far this year. Maikel Franco has led the charge on 23 hits, five homers and 14 RBI. Despite his .177 BA, Ryan Howard has also provided some power with four homers and nine RBI. Howard went 1-for-3 with a strikeout on Thursday, and his BA remains a tepid .185. Eagle-eyed Odubel Herrera has drawn 22 walks and turned them into 14 runs. Herrera was 1-for-3 with a run in the Thursday finale.

The Indians are 9-1 in their last 10 Friday games, but just 1-4 in Kluber’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are just 4-10 in their last 14 against the American League Central, and 2-6 in their last eight game ones of a series.

This is a tough one to call, as the Phillies have been playing well overall, but Kluber looked great in his last start. I’m going to go with the Indians to stop the Philly roll here, though it may be close.

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