MLB Betting Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 4:10 PM
Moneyline: Cleveland Indians -155
The Baltimore Orioles blew out the Cleveland Indians last night 13-0. John Means and 3 relievers combined on the shutout. Means, who has been one of the few bright spots for Baltimore, went 5 innings allowing only 1 hit.
Homers by Chance SIsco and Anthony Santander led the way for the offense. The duo combined for 9 RBIs.
Baltimore will be looking for their first back-to-back wins since early May.
Andrew Cashner (7-3, 4.37 ERA) starts for Baltimore, while Zach Plesac (3-2, 2.33 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland. Plesac will be looking for his third straight victory. Jose Ramirez will be inactive for the series as he is on the paternity list. Rookie Yu Chang was called-up to take his place and went 0-3.
Cleveland is the favorite at -155, and the over/under is 10.
The Indians have a record of 44-37, and are 19-19 on the road. Cleveland has won 7 of their last 10 to inch their way back towards Minnesota in the AL Central race.
Plesac will be making his first career start against Baltimore. The young righty has done a good job of not allowing hits, even without overpowering stuff. He has allowed only 26 hits in 38 2/3 innings, while only striking out 28.
His WHIP is .96 and opponents are hitting under .200 against him. His only real problem since being called up is the long ball. He has given up 1 homer or more in each of his last 5 starts, including 3 against Cincinnati on June 12th.
Francisco Lindor is 4 for 10 against Cashner in his career. The rest of the current Indians haven't had much luck. The rest of the team has an OPS of .667 or lower against him. As a team they have an OPS of .563 in 54 plate appearances against Cashner. Cleveland's offense is led by Carlos Santana's 18 homers and Lindor's .294 average.
The Indians have Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, Jefry Rodriguez and Bradley Zimmer on the IL.
Baltimore enters at 23-58 and are 10-30 at home. The Orioles have lost 13 of their last 15 games.
Cashner hasn't had much luck against Cleveland in his career. He is 0-3 with a 8.44 ERA. But, most of the games came against a totally different team has indicated by the current Indians career numbers against him. He has a 1.31 WHIP on the season, and has three straight quality starts.
The Orioles have never seen Plesac before. They have a .696 OPS against right-handed pitching on the year. The Orioles offense is led by Trey Mancini's 17 home runs and Hanser Alberto's .317 average.
Baltimore has Josh Lucas, DJ Stewart, Mark Trumbo and Josh Rogers on the IL. Luis Ysla is listed as day-to-day.
As we stated earlier, Baltimore hasn't won two consecutive games since early May. When you put that together with a pitcher who has been very good since his MLB debut in Plesac, we see no reason to believe that trend will end. With Cleveland not having many hitters with success against Cashner we do think this one has a chance to be low scoring. We like Cleveland at -155 and the under 10.