Cleveland Indians (38-28) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-44)
June 18, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +130 / Cleveland Indians -140; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Indians look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Pirates need a win to snap a 10-game losing streak.
The Cleveland Indians have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Indians have won seven straight games when scoring four or more runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 65 hits and 44 RBI while Amed Rosario and Eddie Rosario have combined for 118 hits and 60 RBI. Jean Carlos Mejia gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Mejia’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Pirates have lost 18 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 85 hits and 24 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman have combined for 113 hits and 44 RBI. Chad Kuhl gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Kuhl’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Pirates are 5-15 in their last 20 Friday games and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The over is 8-2 in Indians last 10 overall. The over is 16-7-1 in Pirates last 24 Friday games. The Indians are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
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The Indians head into this series playing winning baseball and the offense has picked up this week. The Pirates remain fade material with 10 straight losses and an offense that is not producing. This line being this cheap has to be a joke. I’ll gladly back the Indians here, especially with the more than reasonable price. You shouldn’t be looking in the Pirates direction until they turn things around.