It’s the best in the AL Central vs the best in the NL East when the Nationals and Indians open up a two-game series tonight in Cleveland. The Tribe sends their best pitcher to the mound tonight with Danny Salazar looking to improve on his 11-3 record and 2.75 ERA. The Indians have been rolling when Salazar starts, winning eight of the last nine games he’s pitched in.
- The Nationals are 2-8 in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
- Bryce Harper is hitting .200 in 70 July at-bats.
- The Indians have gone OVER in six of their last seven interleague games.
It’s a small sample size with only three starts in July so far, but Salazar is having his worst month of the season. Salazar has a 5.50 ERA on the month and has allowed batters to hit for a .316 average.
Gio Gonzalez gets the ball for the Nats and he’s not exactly lighting it up in his contract year. Despite a 4.53 ERA, Washington has won three of his last four starts. Gonzalez has had success against Indians’ hitters, as he’s limited them to a .237 average and two home runs in 76 combined at-bats. The Nats have also had their way their way with American League clubs lately, posting a 9-3 record in their last 12 interleague games.
The total for tonight’s game comes in at 8 runs. Cleveland has gone OVER in six straight games with a closing total of 8.0 or less, while Washington has gone OVER in three straight games with a day off between games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The moneyline was hovering in the range of -134 for the Cleveland Indians in this one over at Bodog. The over under number was sitting near 8 at 5Dimes.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.0-3.9 win for the Indians. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Washington Nationals vs Cleveland Indians Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
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The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cleveland Indians rated this week at No. 17 and the Washington Nationals sitting at No. 7.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cleveland has baseball’s No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.99 hits per game. The Washington Nationals average 8.48 hits per game, good for No. 20 on the list.
Cleveland owns the No. 7 defense, allowing 4.93 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington’s No. 2-rated defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Washington suffered a 10-6 loss against San Diego on Sunday, as Lucas Giolito wasn’t able to lead his team to victory at Nationals Park.
Cleveland looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 5-3 on Sunday behind a start from V Worley at Camden Yards.
- Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
- Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington’s last 12 games
- Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Cleveland is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington at Cleveland, Wednesday, July 27th