Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles
|Date & Time||Friday June 28, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Baltimore Orioles +160 / Cleveland Indians -180
MASN2, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles meet in the opener of a three game set in MLB action from Camden Yards on Friday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to keep the momentum going after winning their series with the Kansas City Royals, taking the rubber match by a final score of 5-3 in their last outing. Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin each had solo home runs while Oscar Mercado, Jason Kipnis and Jordan Luplow each chipped in base hits as well in the win for the Tribe. Francisco Lindor went 3 for 4 with a double while Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez each had base hits as well in the win. Trevor Bauer got the win to improve to 6-6 on the year after allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 12 over 6.2 innings of work. Mike Clevinger will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles are in dire need of a victory after losing 12 of their last 13 games following a 10-5 loss in their series finale against the San Diego Padres in their last outing. Jonathan Villar went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Pedro Severino went 2 for 4 with a solo shot. Renato Nunez had a double and an RBI while Stevie Wilkerson chipped in an RBI to finish off the scoring for the O’s in the loss. Hanser Alberto had a triple and Chris Davis added a base knock of his own to round out Baltimore’s offense in defeat. Dylan Bundy took the loss, falling to 3-10 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three over four innings of work. John Means will start game one and is 6-4 with a 2.67 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Means’ second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the AL East. Baltimore is 1-5 in Means’ last 6 starts and 12-51 in their last 63 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0-2 in their last 7 home games. Cleveland is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Baltimore and 4-0 in Clevinger’s last 4 starts against Baltimore.
The plus money would be worth a look with Means on the mound, as he’s been responsible for more than a quarter of Baltimore’s wins this season and has allowed one run in six of his last ten starts. However, Baltimore simply isn’t playing well enough to give the plus money any value, even at home. Clevinger is off of his worst start last time out, giving up five runs in 4.2 innings on the road against Texas, but the fact is that Clevinger has owned the O’s in the small sample size we’ve seen in his career, and the Indians are simply in much better form than Baltimore right now, so I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland on the road in this one.