Cleveland Indians (43-33) at St. Louis Cardinals (40-36)
|Date & Time||Monday June 25, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +120 / Cleveland Indians -130 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals meet Monday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Indians have allowed three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Indians have won eight straight games when allowing less than six runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 92 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 168 hits and 96 RBI. Mike Clevinger gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. This will be Clevinger’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 79 hits and 42 RBI while Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham have combined for 144 hits and 73 RBI. John Gant gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. This will be Gant’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games, 23-6 in their last 29 Monday games and 1-4 in Clevingers last 5 road starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 interleague games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-5 in Gants last 5 starts. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and the under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Cleveland Indians are back in one of those zones where the pitching staff doesn't give up anything and the wins are piling up at an insane rate. Clevinger has been part of that success, which includes allowing just three runs in his last 14.2 innings. Gant has had his struggles this season, but he's allowing just a .221 batting average and has given up just one homer in 26.2 innings, so his numbers should improve eventually. The bottom line here is the Cardinals offense has shown signs of life recently, and the Indians have put together this streak at home. The Indians have lost six of their last 10 on the road, and those losses came against bad teams. The Cardinals at home and the plus money seems like a good bet.