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Miami Marlins vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Wednesday May 1, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
The Line: Cleveland Indians -161 / Miami Marlins +140 -- Over/Under: 7
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The Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins meet Wednesday in MLB action at Marlins Park.

The Cleveland Indians look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 30 hits and 16 RBI while Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers have combined for 44 hits and 19 RBI. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.81 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Kluber’s first career game against the Marlins.

The Miami Marlins could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Miami Marlins have lost 10 of their last 14 games when scoring four or less runs. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 28 hits and nine RBI while Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas have combined for 48 hits and 13 RBI. Caleb Smith gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career game against the Indians.

The Indians are 20-6 in their last 26 Wednesday games, 5-2 in Klubers last 7 starts vs. National League East and 60-29 in Klubers last 89 starts. The Marlins are 2-5 in their last 7 interleague games, 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games and 7-2 in Smiths last 9 starts. The Indians are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Miami and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Marlins last 5 home games. The over is 24-9-3 in Klubers last 36 starts overall.

Kluber has had his struggles this season both when it comes to giving up runs and walking guys. Smith has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this year, which includes allowing just two runs while striking out 22 in his last 18 innings. Based off the pitching matchup, you can make a case for the Marlins and the plus money. But the fish remain one of the coldest offensive teams in baseball and it's tough to get behind them knowing they can't put any sort of offense together. I have to side with the Indians, even if I do see some value in the fish based on the starting pitching edge.

Cleveland Indians -161

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