Baltimore Orioles (22-44) vs. Cleveland Indians (36-28)
June 16, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Indians -165 / Baltimore Orioles +152; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians meet in MLB action from Progressive Field on Wednesday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to bounce back from a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Indians on Tuesday. Maikel Franco and Trey Mancini each had a double and an RBI while Freddy Galvis went 2 for 4 at the dish. Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart each had a base hit to cap off Baltimore’s offense as a team in the loss. Matt Harvey took the loss, falling to 3-8 on the year after allowing five earned runs on six hits while striking out a pair over 3.1 innings of work. Keegan Akin will start here and is 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Akin’s second career start against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians will look to pick up another win over the Orioles after Tuesday’s triumph. Bobby Bradley and Eddie Rosario each had two RBIs with Bradley going 2 for 4 with a home run while Rosario had a double. Bradley Zimmer and Amed Rosario each had an RBI with Rosario going 3 for 5 at the dish. Josh Naylor added a double while Cesar Hernandez and Ernie Clement each had base hits as well in the win. Cal Quantrill gave up one run on three hits with four strikeouts over four innings of work, but it was James Karinchak that got the win in relief to improve to 4-2 on the year. Aaron Civale will start here and is 9-2 with a 3.17 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Civale’s second career start against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 17-36 in their last 53 games as an underdog and 18-41 in their last 59 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. Cleveland is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-12 in their last 16 games against the AL East while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games against a left-handed starter.
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I get the case that could be made for either side here, as Civale’s been good for the Tribe while the lone start of Akin’s that the Indians have won this season was against Cleveland. With that said, I’m going to side with the under here. I think this pitching matchup combined with two offenses that don’t usually put up huge numbers, could easily end up being a 3-2 game, so give me the under here.