Pittsburgh Pirates (51-49) at Cleveland Indians (54-43)
|Date & Time||Monday July 23, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians -260 / Pittsburgh Pirates +237 --- Over/Under: 8
Headed our way Monday from Progressive Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB set.
The Pirates come into this one following a weekend series versus the Reds. Pittsburgh took care of Cincinnati in all three games 12-1, 6-2 and 9-2.
Trevor Williams will be making the start Monday for the Pirates. Over his 99.0 innings and 7-7 mark this year, Williams has a 4.36 ERA with 71 Ks and 35 BBs.
Corey Dickerson is the top hitter for the Pirates this year, coming out of the week with 103 hits, 44 runs, 10 homers and 40 RBI. On Sunday, Dickerson went 4-for-5 with a homer, three runs and two RBI.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re fresh off a set against the Rangers. Cleveland took a 9-8 win Friday, a 16-3 win Saturday, and in the Sunday finale the Indians lost 5-0.
Cleveland will be carting out Corey Kluber for the start on Monday. In his 133.2 innings and 12-5 mark this season, Kluber has a 2.76 ERA with 132 Ks and 17 BBs.
Cleveland’s leading hitter this season is Francisco Lindor, who entered the week on 116 hits, 86 runs, 25 homers and 63 RBI. In the Sunday game, Lindor had one hit.
The Pirates are 5-2 in their last seven in game one of a series and 3-7 in Williams’ last 10 starts. Pittsburgh is 1-5 in Williams’ last six road starts and 4-0 in his last four starts versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 24-8 in their last 32 Monday games and 6-0 in Kluber’s last six Monday starts. Cleveland is 48-21 in Kluber’s last 69 starts and 31-13 in his last 44 home starts.
Williams had a couple of rough outings in late June/early July, with nine earned in 7.0 total innings, but was solid his last time up with no earned on four hits in 5.0 versus the Nats. As for Kluber, he’s had a couple of sketchy outings here and there but on the whole has been pretty consistent. I’m going to stick with the Indians in this one.