Cleveland Indians (43-34) at St. Louis Cardinals (41-36)
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 26, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +152 / Cleveland Indians -162 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians look for a victory here after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Indians have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Indians have have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring at least one run. 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. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. This will be Kluber’s second career game against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 81 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham have combined for 145 hits and 73 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. This will be Martinez’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 19-7 in Klubers last 26 road starts and 47-18 in Klubers last 65 starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in Martinezs last 5 interleague starts and 0-5 in Martinezs last 5 starts. The under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings.
It's no secret that Kluber is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he's pitched a shutout in three of his last seven starts. On the road this season, Kluber has an ERA of 2.72 with an allowed batting average of .199. However, Martinez is still one of the top young pitchers in baseball, and while he's struggled lately, he still has some of the best stuff in the game. At home this season, Martinez has just a 2.29 ERA and has allowed just two homers in 39.1 innings. Any time I can get an ace with plus money, I'm taking it. We hit on the Cards yesterday as a dog, and I'm coming back to the well.