AL Champion Indians Take 3-0 Start to Arizona

Kevin Stott

Friday, April 7, 2017 3:27 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 7, 2017 3:27 PM UTC

The Diamondbacks are just 3-13 their L16 Interleague games against teams with winning records. Can Shelby Miller have a good start and shut down the Tribe or will Josh Tomlin and the visitors from Cleveland stay perfect on the young season?

Odds Overview

Cleveland Indians at Arizona Diamondbacks (Sports Time Ohio, DTV 662, 9:40 p.m. ET): The Arizona Diamondbacks (3-1) and RHP Shelby Miller welcome RHP Josh Tomlin and the Cleveland Indians (3-0) to Chase Field in Phoenix on Friday for Game 1 of this 3-game Interleague series in which MLB Odds show sportsbooks have the defending AL-champion Indians -137 favorites (BetOnline) with a Total of 9½ (BetOnline). On the Run Line, Cleveland is priced at -1½ +140 with Arizona +1½ -160 ( On Saturday (8:10 p.m. ET), the Tribe send RHP Trevor Bauer to the hill with RHP Zack Greinke slated to go for the Diamondbacks while in the series finale on Sunday (4:10 p.m. ET), Cleveland is scheduled to start RHP Corey Kluber versus Arizona RHP Patrick Corbin.


Cleveland Indians

The Indians (+650 to win World Series, Bovada) have rallied to win their first three games and with Edwin Encarnación (Blue Jays) joining the fray, Cleveland (3/1 to win AL, Bovada) is a now a very tough team to pitch to. In its latest come-from-behind win at Texas on Wednesday, Cleveland Manager Terry Francona had a Starting Lineup of: DH Carlos Santana, SS Francisco Lindor, LF Brandon Guyer, 1B Encarnación, 2B José Ramírez, 3B Yandy Díaz, CF Austin Jackson, C Roberto Pérez and RF Abraham Almonte. The Indians rallied to win thanks to a Lindor Grand Slam the Indians half on the 9th inning.

The Trends show Cleveland are 16-5 in the L21 Road starts by Tomlin 30-12 his L42 starts overall and 8-2 L10 IL games after the sweep at Texas. The Indians are 15-36 L51 IL Road vs. Teams With Winning Records but 38-14 L52 Fridays and 21-8 L29 vs RHP Starters and 7-0 L7 in that situation.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks (125/1 to win World Series, Heritage) have opened the season with 4 straight Overs in games averaging 12.25 runs. On Thursday in Game 4 against the Giants, new Snakes Manager Torey Lovullo put out a starting lineup of: CF Al Pollock, RF David Peralta, 1B Goldschmidt, 3B Jake Lamb, SS Chris Owings, LF Chris Herrmann, 2B Daniel Descalso, C Jeff Mathis and SS Nick Ahmed. Arizona ranked #3 in MLB in both Runs (18) and Batting Average (.296) heading into Wednesday’s finale with the Giants (AZ -108, 9, Bovada) with Pollock, Owings and Drury all hitting over .400.

Arizona (50/1 to win NL, Bovada) are 7-1 L8 Home games but 1-4 L5 Fridays, 3-13 L16 IL vs. Teams With Winning Records, 1-7 L8 IL overall, 0-5 Miller’s L5 Home Starts and 1-9 L10 overall in Miller’s Starts vs. Teams With Winning Records.


Phoenix Weather Forecast, Series Trends

Temperatures are warming up in the Sonoran Desert (91°) and Chase Field has always been a bandbox as Giants P Madison Bumgarner proved Opening Day, smashing two HRs in the Offensively conducive mall-like conditions of the former Bank One Ballpark. Tomlin hasn’t faced many Arizona batters and the same can be said of Miller, who had a disappointing 2016 season.

Although the Under is 4-1 L5 series meetings, backing the Over seems wise with the Indians’ lineup loaded, the Over is 42-17-1 L60 Arizona Home games, 36-15-2 L53 Diamondback Game 1’s and with scoring continuing to steadily rise with games averaging 8.96 rpg. Cleveland is 7-3 L10 in this IL series and with them unbeaten and confident, is also a worthy MLB Pick.


PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Indians 7 Diamondbacks 5Free MLB Picks: Indians -151, Over 9½Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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