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Cleveland Indians vs. Miami Marlins - 4/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-116) / Miami Marlins: 1.5 (+105)
TV Channel
FS-Florida, SportsTime Ohio
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The Miami Marlins and the Cleveland Indians meet in game one of a mini two-game interleague set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.

The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the Washington Nationals, losing the series finale with a 5-0 shutout loss on Sunday. Brian Anderson, Neil Walker and Starlin Castro each had a single as none of Miami’s three hits in the losing effort went for extra bases as the rest of the team went 0 for 21 with 12 strikeouts. Trevor Richards took the loss, remaining winless at 0-3 on the year after giving up three runs on six hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Pablo Lopez will start game one and is 1-3 with a 5.85 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound after dropping the rubber match of their series with Atlanta by a final score of 11-5 on Sunday night. Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez each had solo homers while Greg Allen and Jason Kipnis each had an RBI as well in the losing effort. Leonys Martin went 2 for 5 at the dish while Carlos Gonzalez and Jake Bauers each had a base knock as well in the defeat. Shane Bieber took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year after allowing seven runs, five earned, on five hits while striking out three over just 2.1 innings of work. Carlos Carrasco will start the opener and is 2-2 with a 7.41 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Carrasco’s second career start against Miami.

Miami is 1-9 in Lopez’s last 10 starts and 13-38 in their last 51 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Cleveland is 5-1 in Carrasco’s last 6 interleague starts and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the NL East. Miami is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

Miami’s offensive issues have been well documented this season, and despite his inflated ERA, Lopez hasn’t pitched terribly. The problem is that his offense gives him no run support. Literally. In Lopez’s last three starts, all losses, the Fish have given Lopez zero runs of support. Last time I checked, you’re not going to win many baseball games when you can’t put a run on the board. Cleveland has been up and down as well, but the Tribe have at least shown the ability to be offensively capable the majority of the time, something we sure can’t say about Miami. I’ll side with Cleveland on the RL to negate some of the heavy juice.

Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-116)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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