Cleveland Indians (14-9) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4-15)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Aaron Civale (3-2) (3.48) vs. Steven Brault (0-0) (5.14)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +157 / Cleveland Indians -170 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Indians are 10-0 this season when scoring four or more runs. Franmil Reyes leads the Indians with 24 hits and 16 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez have combined for 46 hits and 25 RBI. Aaron Civale gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Civale’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after lost five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Pirates are 0-10 this season when scoring three or less runs. Kevin Newman leads the Pirates with 18 hits and six RBI while Josh Bell and Erik Gonzalez have combined for 30 hits and 18 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA and six strikeouts this season. This will be Brault’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 43-17 in their last 60 Wednesday games and 55-23 in their last 78 games as a favorite. The Pirates are 23-52 in their last 75 games as an underdog, 3-10 in their last 13 Wednesday games and 29-62 in their last 91 overall. The under is 14-5 in Indians last 19 overall. The over is 5-1 in Pirates last 6 overall. The Indians are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Aaron Civale has been decent this season, allowing 10 runs and 25 hits in 25 innings with 26 strikeouts. Steven Brault is a relief pitcher who has allowed four runs and three hits in his last five innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates can't score runs, they're piling up the losses and they're at a disadvantage on the mound in this game. The Cleveland Indians have the edge on the hill and are playing head and shoulders the better baseball. Give me the Indians and the RL for added value.