Texas Rangers (43-65) at Cleveland Indians (53-55)
|Date & Time||Friday August 1, 2014, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians -175 / Texas Rangers +165 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers face off on Friday in game one of their series.
The Cleveland Indians are trying to stay in the race in the AL Central and for the AL Wildcard but they haven’t been playing well of late. The Indians are 30-21 at home, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Thursday. As a team the Indians are hitting .255 with Michael Brantley hitting .316, Lonnie Chisenhall hitting .307, and Yan Gomes hitting .281. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 2.96. For game one against the Rangers the Indians start Danny Salazar who has won his last two starts. For the season Salazar has allowed 62 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 60 over 52.2 innings for a 3-4 record and a 4.96 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have the worst record in baseball as they have suffered through a rash of injuries. The Rangers are 22-32 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Wednesday. As a team the Rangers are hitting .259 with Adrian Beltre hitting .323, Alex Rios hitting .304, and Elvis Andrus hitting .268. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.85 with the starters at 5.09 and the bullpen at 4.44. For game one in Cleveland the Rangers start Jerome Williams who won his first start for the Rangers this season. In his last start Williams allowed five hits and a run while striking out four over 6.0 innings o get the win against Oakland.
Cleveland is 2-6 in their last eight games, 2-9 in game one of a series, and 40-16 at home against a team with a losing road record. Texas is 14-37 in their last 51 games, 4-0 in game one of a series, and 2-7 against the AL Central. Texas is 1-8 in the last nine meetings of these two.
Cleveland is a big favorite here and I expect them to deliver in that role.
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