Atlanta Braves at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Sunday April 21, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
Over: 7.5 (-114) / Under: 7.5 (+104)
The Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set from Progressive Field in MLB action on this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball.
The Atlanta Braves will look to win the series after splitting a doubleheader between the two sides on Saturday, with Cleveland taking game one by a final score of 8-4 and Atlanta winning the second half of the double dip, rallying for an 8-7 victory. In game one, Nick Markakis led the Braves with two RBIs while Brian McCann and Matt Joyce each hit a solo home run. In game two, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson each had two RBIs with Swanson hitting a two run homer while Acuna Jr. had a double. Julio Teheran ended up with the loss in game one after allowing five runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work while game two saw Touki Toussaint give up seven runs in 1.1 innings but Luke Jackson picked up the win in relief and Jesse Minter logged his 2nd save of the season. Max Fried will start the finale and is 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Fried’s first career start against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back and take the set after dropping the latter half of the doubleheader on Saturday. Game one saw Max Moroff lead the Tribe with two RBIs including a home run while Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Leonys Martin, Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin each hit an RBI with Allen adding a double. Game two saw Jose Ramirez and Jake Bauers each have two RBIs with Bauers adding a double as part of a 7-0 lead by the end of the 2nd inning, a lead that the Indians couldn’t hold on to en route to the defeat. Corey Kluber got the win in game one to improve to 2-2 while Trevor Bauer received a no-decision after giving up two runs in 6.1 innings of work. Adam Cimber ended up with the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Shane Bieber will start game three and is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s first career start against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 21-8 in their last 29 Sunday games and 17-37 in their last 54 interleague games against a team with a right-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in Fried’s last 5 road starts. Cleveland is 4-0 in Bieber’s last 4 starts and 44-20 in their last 64 game three matchups while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 interleague games against a team with a left-handed starter. The under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
This should be an entertaining game on Sunday night and it could genuinely go either way. Which is why I’m siding with the under here. Bieber has been solid, allowing just three runs in 19 innings as a starter this season while Fried has allowed just three runs, two earned, in 18 innings as a starter this season. I think we could have an under-the-radar pitching duel on our hands, so I’ll take a shot with the under in this spot.