Last Updated: 2019-06-18
Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians will do battle against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. This AL matchup will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest.
Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers Odds
Each squad is getting matching moneyline odds (-105) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this game at 10.5 runs (-120 for the under and +100 for the over). There’s a runline of Indians -1.5 (+140) and Rangers +1.5 (-160) for this matchup.
The Indians are 37-34 SU and are 33-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.2 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in three of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 39-33 SU and 44-27 ATS. They’ve gained 14.4 units for moneyline bettors and 13.9 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.
Rangers games have an over/under record of 35-35-1 so far in 2019. The Indians have been a decent under bet with a total record of 29-39-2.
Zach Plesac will get the start for the visiting Indians. Plesac is 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Rangers are planning to start righty Adrian Sampson (5-3, 4.21 ERA), who’s got 58 strikeouts and 15 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.35. Sampson did not record a start against the Indians in 2018.
Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.1 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 5.01, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 4.72 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.
The Texas hitters are putting up 5.7 runs per contest, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .231/.340/.367 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the charge for the Rangers’ hitters this year. Andrus is hitting .302/.339/.455 with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 39 runs and 14 steals, and Choo’s line is .285/.386/.514 with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and 51 runs.
In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.81 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.29, along with a K-per-9 of 9.37.
Indians hitters have slashed .232/.315/.393 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this year, including 5.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
First baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop Francisco Lindor continue to lead Cleveland’s hitters. Santana is slashing .287/.405/.518 with 14 home runs, 42 RBIs and 46 runs scored, while Lindor is hitting .303/.368/.538 with 12 homers, 26 RBIs, 34 runs and nine stolen bases.
The Indians have lost 9.3 units and are 21-28 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.
Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers Free MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER
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Cleveland has recorded 20 extra-base hits over its last five games. Texas has 15 XBH over its last five.
The Rangers have won three of their last four games SU.
Texas has recorded 21.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.0 over its last five.
The Indians have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit six over their last 10.