Expect Plenty More Offense in Game 2 of Indians-Rangers Series

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Willie Bee

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 1:48 PM GMT

There were plenty of home runs Monday night in Texas as the Indians rallied to beat the Rangers, and the MLB odds are expecting the same in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Season MLB Record: 0-1

Defense of their American League title began well for the Cleveland Indians on Monday, and it started with the help of the club's new slugger and a solid relief corps, plus an assist from one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the majors.

Cleveland rallied from an early 4-run deficit to stop the Texas Rangers, 8-5, a big 3-run ninth doing the damage to cash tickets for Tribe bettors that played small chalk on the MLB odds. Texas second sacker Rougned Odor cracked a pair of homers early to give the Rangers the lead, but Edwin Encarnacion swatted a game-tying homer in the eighth while the Cleveland bullpen silenced Texas hitters with three shutout frames at the end of the contest.

The playoff hopefuls go at it again Tuesday (8:05 PM ET) in Arlington in a battle of Venezuelans. Carlos Carrasco is on the hill for Cleveland as a -150 favorite while Martin Perez toes the rubber for Texas. Bookmaker has 8½ for the total with the 'over' priced -120.

 

Both Hurlers Bashed Vs. Opposing Lineups In 2016

An elbow injury late last season kept Carrasco from being part of Cleveland's exciting playoff run, and the righty didn't look sharp most of spring training when he served up seven homers among 27 hits in 15 Cactus League innings. It has also been a struggle for the 30-year-old on this Arlington mound the past few seasons, making two starts plus a relief appearance for a 6.23 ERA and three long balls over the course of 13 frames. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had a triple and single Monday, has been a particularly tough out for Carrasco.

Perez had a nice spring for Texas, though he was limited to just three starts due to being a part of the Venezuelan roster in the WBC where he got banged around in a couple of outings. His lone assignment vs. the Indians last season was a rough one, surrendering 10 hits and six runs before leaving the game in the sixth as Cleveland ran away with a 12-1 decision. In two career starts against the Tribe, Perez has pitched 8.2 innings with 12 runs coming plateward.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Mark Wegner, now in his 20th campaign as an MLB umpire, should be under the mask for tonight's tilt. The Minnesota native was a friend to 'over' bettors a year ago when 20 of his 30 plate assignments went past the mark. One of the few 'under' winners with Wegner behind the dish did come late in the season at this stadium.

A warm 82º is the forecast for game time, the thermometer sliding into the low 70s by the ninth. Five balls left the stadium Monday, and a strong 15-20 mph wind from the SW (RF corner to LF corner) is in the mix for the start of this evening's affair. The direction of the wind matters little since it swirls around inside the bowl at Rangers Ballpark, and coupled with the history the two starters have against the opposing lineups I'm very happy to play the 'over' for my free baseball pick.

Free MLB Pick: 'Over' 8.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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