Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Sunday May 19, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians / Baltimore Orioles -- O/U:
MASN, SportsTime Ohio
The Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to salvage a series split with Cleveland after dropping game three on Saturday by a final score of 4-1. Trey Mancini’s solo home run was the lone hit of the ball game for the Orioles as the rest of the team went 0 for 24 with 9 strikeouts. John Means took the loss, falling to 5-4 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while walking three over five innings of work. Yefry Ramirez will start game four and is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Ramirez’s second career start against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to win the series after emerging victorious in game three on Saturday. Jordan Luplow had a home run and two RBIs while Carlos Santana went 2 for 3 with a solo home run and a double. Francisco Lindor added an RBI to round out Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the winning effort while Oscar Mercado had a double and Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each had a base hit as well in the victory. Adam Plutko got the win to improve to 1-0 after allowing one run on one hit while striking out four over six innings of work. Shane Bieber will start game four and is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s first career start against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 30-90 in their last 120 road games and 66-164 in their last 230 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 11-5 in Bieber’s last 16 starts and 8-1 in their last 9 games against the AL East while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Baltimore is 3-12 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
I’m hearing rumblings that Ramirez may not end up starting this one, but even with not knowing who is starting for Baltimore, I can’t find many reasons to go against Cleveland here. The Indians are the much better team on both sides of the ball, and while Bieber got touched up in his last outing, the Orioles aren’t necessarily a team that puts fear in the opposing pitcher and this seems like a good spot to get him back on track so I’ll side with Cleveland to pick up the series with a victory here.