Cleveland Indians (79-81) vs. Texas Rangers (59-101)
October 3, 2021 3:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers -120 / Cleveland Indians -111; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers meet Sunday in MLB action from Globe Life Field. This will be the final installment in a three-game series and the last outing of the regular season. Cleveland secured a three-run win in the opener, then on Saturday the Rangers evened it up with a five-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cleveland posted four runs in the third and five more in the fourth on the way to a 9-6 win in the Friday opener. On Saturday the Indians had just five hits in a 7-2 defeat. Starter Triston McKenzie put up 4.0 innings with four earned on four hits and four walks.
For the starting pitcher slot in the Sunday finale the Indians will go with Aaron Civale. This year Civale has an 11-5 record with a 4.03 ERA and 95 Ks.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they had 10 hits in the Friday opener but couldn’t keep up the hectic scoring pace. On Saturday Texas scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to ice the win. Jordan Lyles lasted 7.0 innings with one earned on two hits and a walk.
Starting pitcher for Texas on Sunday will be Dane Dunning. This year in his 114.2 innings Dunning has 121 hits, 57 runs (55 earned), 13 homers allowed, 42 walks, 111 Ks and a 4.32 ERA.
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The Indians are 6-2 in their last eight Sunday games and 58-26 in their last 84 versus a team with a winning percentage below .400. The over is 4-1 in Cleveland’s last five Sunday games as well.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 5-1 in their last six Sunday games and 11-29 in their last 40 versus the AL Central. Texas is 1-4 in their last five in game three of a series as well.
PICK: I’m going to try the Rangers. That’s assuming Dunning can produce a handful of good innings in the start here, however. Dunning has given up five earned in a span of 9.1 innings on eight hits, three homers and six walks in his last three starts. He hasn’t gone past 4.2 innings in any of his last six outings, though. Four or five decent frames in this one should put Texas in a good spot.