MLB Betting Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians -Thursday, May 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.
When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:10 PM
Moneyline: Cleveland Indians -280
The Orioles will come into play after being defeated in both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday against the Yankees.
The Indians had Wednesday off. The moneyline on this game has the Indians at -280.
Orioles Continue to Struggle
The Orioles come into play Thursday losers of six of their last seven games. The pitchers are having a very hard time keeping balls in the ballpark. They have allowed a major league-worst 89 home runs through 42 games. The ERA of the team is 5.44, which is also worst in MLB.
Thursday’s starter Dan Straily is 1-3 with an 8.23 ERA in seven outings so far this season. He allowed six runs and five hits in 4.1 innings on Friday to the Angels. In his career against Cleveland, he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Baltimore’s bullpen is overused and getting pummeled too, to the tune of a 5.86 ERA. Nothing is going right for the O’s pitching staff as we approach the quarter mark of the season.
Offensively, Baltimore is led by leftfielder Trey Mancini, who owns a .308 batting average with eight home runs. Dwight Smith Jr. has 27 runs batted in for the O’s, who are averaging 3.88 runs per game. The Orioles hold the 11th-best team batting average in the American League at .236.
Cleveland Looks for Bats to Stay Hot
The Indians hit five home runs and scored nine runs on Tuesday and look to continue that trend this weekend against the Orioles. The Tribe comes into play Thursday with a 22-19 record, which puts them 4.5 games behind division leader Minnesota. Despite the loss of ace Corey Kluber, Cleveland has the third-best ERA in the American League, which has contributed heavily to their winning record thus far.
Thursday’s starter Trevor Bauer has a 4-2 record with a 3.02 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched. In his last start, he received a no-decision against Oakland in which he went seven innings, giving up two runs and striking out 10. He hasn’t fared well against Baltimore in his career, going 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 6 career starts.
Cleveland’s bullpen owns the second-best ERA in baseball at 3.03. Closer Brad Hand has 11 saves.
Offensively, the season as a whole has not gone as planned, but things may be turning around for the Tribe. Carlos Santana is the team’s leading hitter, but his average is only .271. Leonys Martin leads the team in home runs with six, and Santana has 21 RBI.
Despite Tuesday’s offensive outburst, the Indians still own the American League’s second-worst batting average at .221 and the third-lowest run total at 150.
The Orioles are not playing very well at all. As a result of their poor play and terrible pitching, I am going with Cleveland in this one.