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Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/22/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians (53-43) at Texas Rangers (41-57)
Date & Time Sunday July 22, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +147 / Cleveland Indians -163 --- Over/Under: 11
TV Channel
FS-Southwest, SportsTime Ohio
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MLB | Cleveland Indians (53-43) at Texas Rangers (41-57)
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their three game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington in MLB action on Sunday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to complete the sweep of Texas after dominating in game two on Saturday by a final score of 16-3. Yonder Alonso and Tyler Naquin each led the way with three RBIs and a home run while going 2 for 5 at the dish, with Alonso hitting a pair of bombs. Edwin Incarnation and Brandon Guyer each had two RBIs and a double, with EE adding a pair of two-baggers. Francisco Lindor, Yan Gomes, Erik Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley each added an RBI to round out Cleveland’s scoring in the win, while Melky Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Yandy Diaz and Roberto Perez each had a base knock to round out Cleveland’s offense in the win. Carlos Carrasco got the win to improve to 12-5 this season after giving up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over 6.2 innings of work. Mike Clevinger will start the finale and is 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday. Adrian Beltre led the way with two RBIs, going 1 for 3 with a home run, while Ronald Guzman added a pinch-hit RBI to round out the scoring for Texas in the loss. Carlos Tocci added a triple and Rougned Odor went 2 for 4 while Jurickson Profar and Willie Calhoun each contributed a base hit in the losing effort. Bartolo Colon took the loss, falling to 5-8 this season after giving up five runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings of work. Yovani Gallardo will start the finale and is 3-1 with an 8.60 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gallardo is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 12-5 in Clevinger’s last 17 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall. Texas is 7-1 in Gallardo’s last 8 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games against the AL Central. Cleveland is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Texas.

The Indians almost let one get away in game one and made sure it didn’t happen again in game two in emphatic fashion. With that said, I still don’t see the Rangers getting a win here. Gallardo has gotten the win in most of his starts this season, but he has also allowed three or more runs in each of his five starts this year and is fresh off of his worst start, where he yielded six runs in just five innings of work. Clevinger has been shaky as of late too, but he has the offense to get behind him and give him some run support. I have to go with Cleveland to complete the sweep on Sunday.

Pick:
Cleveland -163

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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