The Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles meet for the second time in two days, as they continue their series at Camden Yards. The O’s fended off the Indians and captured a 6-5 victory last night. It put a halt to the Indians’ six-game winning streak. Despite the loss, the Indians catapulted to the top of the American League Central during their winning streak of six games.
No one has really asserted themselves as the main contender in the division, but the Indians have been doing a bit of that lately. Who wants it? No one has really claimed supremacy in that regard. The Tribe could just as easily lose six in a row and they’re back behind the 8-ball.
The only other team coming on lately has been the Royals, who are 8-2 in their last ten games, whereas the Indians are 7-3. The Tigers and Twins both look flat with records of 3-7 in their past ten matchups. There really isn’t anyone that impresses me in the AL Central, so regardless of who comes out ahead isn’t going anywhere, in my opinion. The Indians made the World Series a year ago, but they have a tough road in front of them if they want to repeat.
They did not have the Houston Astros to contend with last season, but this season it appears that they are going to need to put on their “A” game to have an opportunity at having a chance against them. Well, right now anyway, the Astros look like the team to beat in the American League.
The Yankees seem to be going down a slippery slide to the bottom, while the ‘Stros are not letting up at all. The Orioles, on the other hand, have been slipping for about a month now. They did grab a win last night, though, to reach 35-35 but are a game away from behind tied with the Blue Jays for last in the division. Yuck.
Carlos Carrasco and Kevin Gausman will step up for their respective ball clubs tonight. I have been running ice cold for the first time this year, as I look to avoid my fifth loss in a row. It happens to the best, and we are still up comfortably in baseball, so nothing to be concerned about. Head below for our free Indians vs. Orioles pick for Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60 ERA)
Kevin Gausman has been out there for the Orioles pitching like a human pitching machine. You know the batting cages with the automatic machine that spits the balls out? Giving you a perfect ball down the middle to hit. Yeah, Gausman has been playing a little like that. He enters with an ERA of 6.60, which was supposed to be a coming out party for him in 2017. It hasn’t been getting any better for him, either. Note that he’s allowed 12 runs in his last two games, including 17 hits. In his last three starts, Gausman’s ERA stands at 9.19 with a 2.23 WHIP and .467 OBA. Not good by any means, atrocious in fact.
Carlos Carrasco will settle in for the Indians at Camden Yards. If Gausman pitches anywhere close to how he’s been pitching this season, then Carrasco is going to be in for plenty of run support. Carrasco has allowed 9 runs in his last two games on the road, though. The Orioles have been scoring, yet giving up runs, too. In their last ten games they’ve allowed a whopping 9.2 runs per game. As a team, the O’s pitching staff are dead last in the majors with a 5.06 ERA overall. The OVER looks like a suitable MLB pick on Wednesday.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)