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Cleveland Indians vs. Atlanta Braves Game 1 - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
Cleveland Indians -155 / Atlanta Braves +145 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
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The Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians will meet up on the MLB diamond to kick off their series Saturday with game one of a doubleheader.

In the first Saturday game, the Indians will be sending out RHP Corey Kluber. In his 19.0 innings and 1-2 mark this year, Kluber has a 6.16 ERA with 21 Ks and 10 walks.

Leading the way offensively for Cleveland thus far is Carlos Santana, with 21 hits, 12 runs, one homer and 11 RBI. Leonys Martin is second with 16 hits, seven runs, three homers and five RBI.

For Saturday’s game one, the Braves likely will be sending out Julio Teheran in the start. Across his 21.0 innings and 2-1 mark this year, Teheran has a 4.71 ERA with 23 Ks and 10 BBs.

Tops in hitting for the Braves this year are Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman, each with 22 hits. Combined so far, Albies and Freeman have 27 runs, four homers and 12 RBI in total.

The Braves are 2-5 in the last seven versus a team with a wining record and 2-7 in their last nine road games. Atlanta is 0-4 in their last four interleague games and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter.

Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-1 in the last five versus the NL East and 9-4 in the last 11 overall. Cleveland is 2-5 in their last seven Friday games and 22-8 in Kluber’s last 30 Friday starts.

Kluber has been extremely erratic over his three starts this year; in one he had 6.0 innings, seven hits and one earned, and in the other two he went just 6.0 innings with 10 earned on 14 hits.

Aside from his one meltdown in Colorado (5.0 innings; six earned; five hits), Teheran has looked pretty good this year, with five earned over 16.0 total innings in his other three starts.

This should be a fun one to watch, but I'm going with the Braves here. 

Atlanta Braves +145

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