The Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles begin a new week in Baltimore at Camden Yards. The weekend went by too fast for my liking, and I didn’t like how things unfolded on the baseball diamond, either. The Tigers lost a close one, where they once again failed to get clutch hitting in a close game. It almost feels like they win big or lose by a run.
The close loses is what worries me about manager Brad Ausmus. In close games, you can start breaking things down with where things went astray. Many times you can look at the manager and check out what he did wrong. Pinch-hitting was a question mark, if I recall. Also, scoring runners from 3rd with only 1 out on the board was another killer.
Those things add up, and over the course of this year things like that have been adding up for the Tigers. It bit us on Saturday. As far as yesterday, there’s more than a couple things to blame. The Rangers seemed content with taking two games and bypass the sweep.
I have not lost two games in a row often this season. It’s been a successful ride since the beginning of May, but we’ll look to avoid a three-game losing streak tonight in Baltimore. The Tribe are coming off a sweep of the Twins, and in the process, take over 1st in the Central.
It felt like a matter of time before the Twins were going to give up that spot, which they’ve had a grasp on for the majority of 2017. The Indians jumped to 36-31 with the weekend sweep. They have a 2-game lead on the Twins. The Royals have gone 7-3 in their last ten to come back in the picture.
They are just 3.5 games back and coming on strong. The Indians will look to keep the momentum going in Baltimore. Baltimore are coming off a 15-7 win and 8-5 win over the Reds. Get our free MLB betting pick between the Indians and Orioles below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.29 ERA)
The Indians will be fortunate to come off sweep and have their ace pitching on Monday to start a brand new series. Corey Kluber will get the nod for the Indians, as he looks to improve on his porous numbers, or in his world they aren’t the best numbers. Kluber enters with a 4.15 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, which would put him on pace for his worst year since 2012.
Nevertheless, he has been looking good of late, with a 2.37 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in his last three starts. Kluber holds a 4.50 ERA on the road, which must come up for the Indians to really string a run together. He took a loss his last outing at Camden in 2016, a 5-3 decision where he allowed 3 runs across 7 innings.
Dylan Bundy will start opposite of Kluber. Bundy has been serviceable with a 3.29 ERA. Like the team, Bundy has been earning his money at home in Baltimore. The Orioles have a healthy record of 23-11 at home, while Bundy has a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 2.38 and 1.01 WHIP.
The O’s have been in control of the Indians in recent memory, as they’ve gone 9-1 over the Indians dating back to June 7th, 2015. I think the odds are skewed in favor of the Indians more than they should be because of the name Kluber. I think Bundy is a much better pitcher than this price indicates. The Orioles look like a nice value pick on Monday.
PICK: ORIOLES (+135)