MLB Picks and Parlays: Cleveland and San Francisco Start a Three-Game Series
Getting swept by the AL West cellar dwellers in Oakland is not the second half start envisioned by the Cleveland Indians. But the offense is still on holiday after being outscored 17-6 over the three-game series.
On Sunday, the pitching also faltered as Trevor Bauer was good for only two outs, leaving with a 4-0 deficit in the first inning. It was 5-0 before Cleveland replied with two runs in the fourth and their last run in a 7-3 defeat came on a solo shot by Abraham Almonte in the top of the ninth.
The gap in the AL Central is now down to 1.5 games on Minnesota and two games on Kansas City.
The Indians will cross the Bay Bridge to take on a Giants team that’s been way worse than their cross-town rivals.
San Francisco Giants continued their descent towards the bottom of the barrel by dropping two of three to the Padres over the weekend. The series featured the return of Madison Bumgarner on Saturday night and he pitched rather well after a nearly three-month absence. He allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings and left after throwing 102 pitches with the score tied at three. The Padres won it with a walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth by catcher Hector Sanchez who is hitting .163.
Sunday the Giants offense was a no-show in a 7-1 loss. They leave San Diego six games out of fourth in the NL West and 23 games below .500. Philadelphia is the only team in the Major Leagues with a worse record.
In July the Indians have scored 4.82 RPG and their team ERA is 3.75.
The Giants have scored 3.8 RPG and their team ERA is 4.63.
Josh Tomlin (5-9, 5.90 ERA) has a career ERA of 4.74, and has really struggled this year. His ERA has been over six for much of the year and dipped below that level after giving up two runs in seven innings to the Padres in his last appearance. He’d allowed four runs or more pitching less than six innings in each of his last four games. The Indians are 2-5 in his last seven starts.
Matt Moore (3-9, 6.04 ERA) was counted on to be a solid number three pitcher for the Giants this year and he’s been anything but. Opponents are hitting .307 off of him and he’s allowed 125 hits and 41 walks in 98.1 innings. He’s gotten worse as the season’s progressed with an 8.88 ERA in five June starts and a 6.00 ERA in two July starts. Opponents hit .355 in June and .381 in July. The Giants are 2-7 in his last nine starts.
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- San Francisco is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
San Francisco is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 5 games
Cash It In: The Indians are -125 favorites, the Giants +105 underdogs. Matt Moore should be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Indians offense. Cleveland just has to hope the Giants weak offense is just what Tomlin needs as well. Indians 7-3.