Tribe a Good Team to Back Now with Series vs. AL Central Counterparts

Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:04 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 8:04 PM UTC

The Indians were 20-7 in their AL Central series with the Royals and 27-10 against the Detroit Tigers, so backing the Tribe in their first two Homestands of the new MLB season seems very prudent.

<h2>1—Indians own Royals, 19-7 L26 Meetings in Cleveland, 20-7 L27 in AL Central Series Overall</h2><p>Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have feasted on their AL Central counterparts, the Kansas City Royals heading into <a href="" title="Live Odds For This Game">Game 1 of their 3-game AL Central series on Friday night</a> (CLE -211, 7½) which saw southpaw Danny Duffy on the mound for the visitors against RHP Carlos Carrasco for Cleveland and both teams struggling to start the new 2018 MLB Regular Season with Cleveland at 2-4 and Kansas City with just one Win and an ugly 1-3 Record.</p><p>The Indians head into this first series of the year against the Royals a profitable 20-7 the L27 overall and 19-7 the L26 at Progressive Field. The trends support continuing to back division favorite Cleveland against the Royals with the Indians 46-15 the L61 overall, 38-13 the L51 vs. the AL Central and on Grass and 36-15 their L51 games at Home. With Mike Clevinger scheduled to get the pill for the Tribe on Sunday against RHP Jason Hammel, the hosts are the pick but this team needs to start scoring some runs.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3386543, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>2—Reds-Pirates Series Has Been Good For Cincinnati, Under of Late, But Pirates in Right Spot</h2><p>Despite the Reds 14-7 mark against Pittsburgh after <a href="">Thursday's 5-2 Pirates win in Pittsburgh</a>, the Pirates seem to be the play in this NL Central series which saw its 5th straight <a href="" title="Live MLB Total Odds ">Under in the Totals market</a>. Why the Pirates, despite the Reds recent dominance? Site, reversion to the statistical mean and many Trends that support the Bucs including 7-1 marks their L8 overall and on Grass and a 6-1 record their L7 at Home. Also, heading into <a href="">Friday night's Game 2 in the series</a>, the Reds were 20-43 vs. Teams with Losing Records, 22-48 the L60 on Grass, 3-8 the L11 vs. the NL Central and 3-14 their L17 games played on Grass. Backing the Bucs on Sunday in a Mahle-Tailon <a href=";date=2018/04/08">Probable Pitching duel</a> is the Rx, especially with the Redlegs 2-9 their L11 vs. a RHP Starter and Cincinnati off to a 1-4 start, second worst in MLB so far in front of the Rays (1-6) and the Padres (1-6).</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3387833, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>3—Defending Champion Astros Off to a Hot Start, 6-1 to Start Off the 2018 MLB Regular Season</h2><p>Last year, José Altuve and the Astros won Houston its first MLB championship, outscoring opponents by an incredible margin while almost pushing 900 Runs across the plate (896), and the defending World Series champions are at it again to start 2018, going 6-1 with a +21 Run Differential heading into play <a href="">Friday where they opened a 3-game series with the Padres</a> at Minute Maid Park, winners of 5 straight. New southpaw in town Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.29 ERA) <a href="">was scheduled to face</a> RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 9.00 ERA) in Game 2 on Saturday with RHP Charlie Morton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) slated to face RHP Tyson Ross (1-0, 4.50 ERA) on Sunday in Game 3. Last year, Carlos Correa and the Astros went 15-5 in Interleague play, 25-7 their L32 IL vs. Teams with Losing Records and 30-11 their L41 against the NL West. After sweeping the Orioles in Houston, a sweep of struggling San Diego (1-6) by the Astros this weekend and a 9-1 start would surprise nobody.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3388290, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>4—Over a Profitable 14-5 the L19 AL West Meetings Between the Angels and the Athletics</h2><p>When AL West rivals Oakland and Los Angeles have played lately the Over has been the play in the Totals market, going a profitable 14-5 the L19 meetings heading into <a href="">Friday night's 5th meeting already of the new season between the two</a>, a Daniel Gossett-Parker Bridwell showdown from Angels Stadium in Anaheim. The two teams opened the season with a 4-game series from Oakland which saw 3 Overs and 1 Under with three games with exactly 11 Runs and one game with 3. On Saturday night from Lalaland, Andrew Triggs (0-0) gets the start for Oakland versus JC Ramírez (0-1) for Los Angeles (9:07 pm ET/6:07 pm PT) while on Sunday afternoon, the Probable Pitchers in Game 3 of the series are Danny Graveman (0-1) for Oakland with Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani (1-0) scheduled to get his second start for the Halos (4:07 pm ET/1:07 pm PT).</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3387257, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>5—Tribe 27-10 vs Tigers Last 2 Seasons; Indians Gladly Welcome Detroit, Miggy to Town Monday</h2><p>Corey Kluber and the Indians have owned their AL Central rivals, going 13-6 versus Detroit last 2017 MLB Regular Season after a 14-4 mark against Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers in 2016. Heading into weekend action on Friday, the Tigers were 2-4 and had scored 31 Runs and allowed 31 Runs and lost their Series Opening series at Home in Motown to the Pirates (2-1), split with the Royals (1-1) and took the opener of a 4-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday night at US Cellular Park, 9-7 in extra innings as Noki Goodrum hit his first MLB with 2 Outs in the Top of the 9th to tie the game, with Detroit scoring twice in the 10th Inning to scrape out its 2nd Win. Why win early when you can win late, right?</p><p>In the 4-game series against the Tigers, expect Cleveland to win 3 of 4 games.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3387026, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="cleveland indians encarnacion GIF by MLB" src="" style="height:271px;width:480px;" /></p>
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