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Cleveland Indians vs. Atlanta Braves Game 2 - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Braves at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 7:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
Cleveland Indians -155 / Atlanta Braves +145 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
FSSO, STOH
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Peter G. Aiken

The Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians will match up to continue their MLB series on Saturday in game two of a doubleheader.

The Friday night opener for this series was rained out, and thus rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.

For the Saturday game two, it’s looking like the Braves will go with Touki Toussaint in the start. In his 6.0 innings and 1-0 record this year, Toussaint has a clean 0.00 ERA with seven Ks and two walks.

The Braves’ lead hitters this year are Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. Both Albies and Freeman have 22 hits apiece, and 26 runs with four homers and 12 RBI between them.

Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with Trevor Bauer on the second game Saturday. Over his 26.1 innings and 2-1 record, Bauer has a 2.05 ERA with 32 Ks and 11 walks.

Cleveland’s top hitter right now is Carlos Santana, who carries a .389 BA with 21 hits, 12 runs, one homer and 11 RBI. Leonys Martin is second on the Indians squad with 16 hits, seven runs, three homers and five RBI.

The Braves are 2-7 in their last nine in game two of a series and 2-5 in their last seven overall. Atlanta is 2-7 in their last nine road games and 2-9 in their last 11 in game two of a series.

Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-1 in Bauer’s last five home starts and 9-3 in his last 12 starts. Cleveland is 38-15 in Bauer’s last 53 starts with four days’ rest and 3-9 in his last 12 interleague starts.

We just have the one start to reference Toussaint from this year, and it was a gem with four hits and one run versus the Mets (the score ended up being 11-7 however, which is a little high and close for comfort).

Bauer has one relative stinker on his 2019 resume (5.2 innings; 10 hits; four earned) but looks great otherwise (20.2 innings; two earned; six hits).

This should be a fun pitching matchup. I trust Bauer a little better at the moment however, so I’m going with the Indians.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -155

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