Cleveland Indians (43-35) at St. Louis Cardinals (42-36)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 27, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -109 / Cleveland Indians -101 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians look for a bounce back performance after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Indians have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 11 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 93 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 170 hits and 96 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for the sweep while building on their four-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 83 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 150 hits and 86 RBI. Jack Flaherty gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 8-1 in their last 9 Wednesday games, 23-8 in their last 31 during game 3 of a series and 5-11 in their last 16 interleague road games. The Cardinals are 0-5 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 4-1 in Flahertys last 5 home starts and 5-2 in Flahertys last 7 starts. The under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Bieber has just 18.1 career innings under his belt and wasn't good in his only career road start. Flaherty has given up six hits and two runs in his last 18.1 innings of work and has been a very tough pitcher to hit overall where he's allowing just a .201 batting average. We've made money on the Cards in both games this series as underdogs, we might as well look for the sweep. I can't back Bieber on the road with this small of a sample size.