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Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers - 8/7/19 MLB Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Wednesday August 7, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +181 / Cleveland Indians -198 -- Over/Under: 10.5
TV Channel
FSSW, STOh
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The Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians meet Wednesday in game one of an MLB doubleheader Progressive Field.

The Texas Rangers look to stay hot while building on a five-game winning streak. The Rangers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 117 hits and 54 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 210 hits and 102 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s first career game against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring more than one run. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 118 hits and 48 RBI while Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez have combined for 210 hits and 120 RBI. Zach Plesac gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Plesac’s second career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 5-11 in their last 16 road games and 1-4 in Jurados last 5 starts. The Indians are 14-3 in their last 17 games following a loss, 11-4 in their last 15 home games and 5-0 in Plesacs last 5 starts. The over is 6-2 in Plesacs last 8 starts overall. The under is 9-3 in Rangers last 12 road games.

Jurado has allowed 34 hits and 22 earned runs in his last 28.1 innings, and he's allowing a .283 batting average on the season. Plesac has allowed 18 hits and eight earned runs in his last 23.2 innings, and he's allowing a 3.51 ERA and .215 allowed batting average at home. The Cleveland Indians have a clear pitching advantage in this one and their offense is due for a breakout performance after being shutout last night. Give me the Indians, and I'll take the RL as well to trim down a steep ML price.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -1.5

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