Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians Free Preview 08/17/18

The Baltimore Orioles are paying a visit to Progressive Field to square off against the Cleveland Indians. SportsTime Ohio will showcase this AL showdown and the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Baltimore (+300) as the dog to Cleveland (-375). The total sits at nine runs and bettors can take either the over or the under for -110. You can also bet on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at +150 for the Orioles +1.5 runs and -170 for the Indians -1.5 runs.

The Orioles are 36-85 SU and have gone 51-70 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 41.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 28.9 units ATS. Baltimore’s covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 69-51 SU and 59-61 ATS. The team’s lost 10.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.5 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 61-55-4 in 2018. The Orioles have been a decent under bet with a total record of 53-63-5.

David Hess will get the nod for Baltimore. The right-handed Hess is 2-6 with a 6.25 ERA and 37 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Indians are going with righty Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.50 ERA), who has 155 strikeouts and 27 walks, as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Carrasco is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA in one start against Baltimore this year.

As a unit, Cleveland’s pitchers have given up 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.33 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Cleveland’s offense has produced 5.1 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 6.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .303/.371/.449 over its last five contests and is 5-0 SU during that span.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led the charge for the Indians’ batters this year. Lindor is hitting .291/.372/.553 with 29 home runs, 75 RBIs, 102 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Ramirez’s line is .302/.411/.634 with 36 homers, 89 RBIs, 84 runs and 27 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.36 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.73, along with a WHIP of 1.48 and a K-per-9 of 8.17.

Orioles hitters have slashed .239/.303/.401 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Outfielder Adam Jones and shortstop Manny Machado have led Baltimore’s hitters. Jones is slashing .285/.317/.438 with 13 home runs, 49 RBIs and 45 runs scored, while Machado is slashing .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers, 65 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

The Orioles have lost 34.6 units and are 32-49 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 38 of those games, as opposed to 39 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 9.9 units and are 43-46 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 46 of those games, as opposed to 40 which went under the total.

Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Orioles, O/U – OVER

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Betting Notes

The under has hit in three of Baltimore’s last seven games.

The Indians have won seven of their last eight games SU.

Cleveland has recorded 24.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 29.2 over its last five.

The Orioles have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Indians have hit 13 over their last 10.


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