Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Aaron Civale vs. Derek Holland

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +140 / Cleveland Indians -155 -- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday night in MLB exhibition action at PNC Park.

The Cleveland Indians look to finish the preseason with a 3-0 record after beating the Pirates in two previous exhibition games. The Indians have scored a combined 17 runs in those contests. In their latest effort, Francisco Lindor and José Ramírez combined for three hits and five RBI while Mike Clevinger allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. The Cleveland Indians have to feel good about where they’re at heading into the regular season, especially with an offense that’s tearing the cover off the ball. Aaron Civale takes the mound tonight for the Cleveland Indians.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates would obviously like to prevent a sweep and head into the regular season on a positive note. The Pittsburgh Pirates have produced a combined 10 runs in their two losses and looked better their last time out. In their last effort, Phillip Evans and Guillermo Heredia combined for three hits and three RBI while Trevor Williams allowed one run and two hits in 2.2 innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates have probably been better than expected on the offensive side through two meaningless games, but that pitching staff needs to tighten things up if this is going to be a successful season for the black and yellow. Derek Holland takes the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I love taking my shots with underdogs in baseball and meaningless preseason games is an even better time to do it. However, the Cleveland Indians have badly outplayed the Pirates in the first two meetings and this is a big pitching mismatch. Civale ws money his rookie season with a 2.34 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 57.2 innings while allowing a .216 batting average. Holland has had an ERA over six in two of his last three seasons and is coming off a year where he walked 45 batters in 84.1 innings. There's just not a lot of reason to get behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in this last exhibition contest. 

Give me the Cleveland Indians and the RL for added value. 

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