Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/18/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/18/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Joe Musgrove (PIT) vs. Zach Plesac (CLE)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +108 / Cleveland indians -123 -- O/U: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in an exhibition game in MLB action on Saturday night.

The Cleveland Indians come into this one looking for more positive results than the 7-12 record the Tribe sported when spring training was forced to pause in mid-March. Franmil Reyes and Francisco Lindor had themselves in regular season form, tying for the team lead with 12 hits, with Reyes logging team-highs of 4 doubles, 5 home runs and 11 RBIs with a .444 batting average. Lindor wasn’t far off with a .400 batting average in 30 at-bats with 10 RBIs and 3 home runs. Carlos Santana also has a .393 batting average up to this point for Cleveland. Zach Plesac is expected to get the start here, posting a win and a team-high 8.1 innings across three starts with a 3.24 ERA and 9 strikeouts in spring training.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a low bar set for them by many in the regular season and the Bucs didn’t do a good job in proving the doubters wrong early on, sporting a 3-15 record when spring training stopped. Phillip Evans and Jose Osuna were battling for reps at third base with both logging a team-high 9 hits with Evans posting a home run and a team-high 7 RBIs with a .346 batting average. Cole Tucker continues to be one of the bright young spots for this Pirates lineup, posting three home runs and 7 RBIs with a team-high 18 total bases in spring training. Joe Musgrove is expected to get the start here, sporting a win and a 10.80 ERA after allowing 12 earned runs and 5 home runs in 10 innings so far in spring training.

I’ll give Musgrove credit for being one of the bright spots in Pittsburgh’s rotation and being just one of three pitchers on the staff with a win. However, he’s still allowed 12 earned in 10 innings in three starts and like it or not, the Pirates are just not a good team and are not a team I’m going to be behind much this season, especially in a shortened season. I’m not up for laying juice in an exhibition game, but backing Pittsburgh just isn’t an option for me. I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland here.

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Chris’s Pick Cleveland -123

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