San Francisco Giants vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (47-43) at San Francisco Giants (35-58)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
J Tomlin (5-9) (5.90) vs. M Moore (3-9) (6.04)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +105 / Cleveland Indians -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants face off on Monday to kick off a three game interleague set.
The Cleveland Indians come into this series looking to bounce back after being surprisingly swept by the Oakland A’s over the weekend, including a 7-3 loss in the series finale, pushing Cleveland’s losing streak to four games. Michael Brantley led the team, putting up a pair of RBIs while going 1 for 4 at the dish and Abraham Almonte rounded out the Tribe’s output on the scoreboard with a solo home run. Francisco Lindor went a perfect 4 for 4 at the dish with three doubles while Carlos Santana added a double of his own. Giovanny Urshela chipped in a base hit in the losing effort for the Indians. Trevor Bauer didn’t make it through one inning, giving up four runs on three hits while walking three and striking out a pair, taking the loss to fall to 7-8 this season. Josh Tomlin will start game one and is 5-9 with a 5.90 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This will be Tomlin’s first career start against the Giants, however Tomlin owns a career 9-5 interleague record with a 4.51 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 18 starts.
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The San Francisco Giants will look to bounce back after back-to-back losses to close out their series against the Padres, including a 7-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Brandon Crawford went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Denard Span went 3 for 4 with a double of his own. As a matter of fact, five of the Giants’ nine hits ended up as doubles, including two-baggers from Eduardo Nunez, Nick Hundley and Buster Posey, with Posey going 2 for 4 at the dish in the loss. Hunter Pence also chipped in a base knock of his own in the losing effort for the Giants. Jeff Samardzija took the loss, falling to 4-11 this season after giving up all seven runs on nine hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Matt Moore will start game one and is 3-9 with a 6.04 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Moore is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 3-14 in their last 17 interleague games and 3-8 in Tomlin’s last 11 starts while the under is 13-5-3 in their last 21 games overall. San Francisco is 2-7 in Moore’s last 9 starts and 2-10 in their last 12 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 7-1 in Moore’s last 8 home starts. Cleveland is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these teams have looked great out of the blocks from the all-star break, but the Indians’ offense is a lot easier to trust than the Giants, and on the mound, I personally don’t trust Matt Moore as far as I can throw him. Tomlin isn’t much more reliable, but he did take down San Diego in his last start, who has an offense that compares similarly to the Giants’ in that respect, and since I think the Indians are due, I’ll take Cleveland here to open the series with a win.