Oh, Orioles, things have not gone well. We are only a quarter of the way through the season, and O’s fans are already hoping it will be better. Maybe one day they won’t appear in the last spot in our AL power rankings. Luckily, baseball doesn’t have a lottery (seriously 7 for the Bulls, wtf) so you should get one of the top two picks. The Indians should have a field day against the Orioles at home.
Money Line – Baltimore Orioles +268, Cleveland Indians -300
Run Line – Baltimore Orioles +1.5 (+100), Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-120)
Over/Under – 8.5 (O +105, U -125)
First Pitch – 5:10 p.m. CST Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Orioles fans prepare yourself for a long road ahead. The rebuild is going to take years, and the O’s top prospect, Yusniel Diaz, is the 64 ranked prospect according to MLB.com. Right now, the best thing the O’s can do is lose games, and boy have they been losing games. That is probably not going to change on Thursday. On the mound is Dan Straily, who has been having a tough year. Over his six starts, seven total appearances, he has only pitched 27.1 innings and has allowed 25 earned runs. His WHIP is sitting just below two at 1.829. To give that number context, Justin Verlander’s WHIP is at 0.82 right now, and he has started nine total games. Good news for Straily, the Indians suck at hitting.
Only three teams that are over .500 have a negative run differential. The Indians are one of those three teams. The thing is that their 153 runs against are tied for third for the lowest number of runs given up. However, they are the fifth worst team at scoring runs with only 150 runs scored. But they are playing the team with the second-worst run differential in the league. Also, they have their best pitcher on the mound. Trevor Bauer, and his 3.02 ERA, has been stellar this year. He currently sits fourth in the MLB in strikeouts, and while his walks are on the higher side at 28, he is still one of the best pitchers in the game this year.
Analysis and Prediction
I like the Orioles in this game. HAHA just kidding. I would lose all credibility if I choose the Orioles. The best bet is to take the Indians on the run line at -120. I would never, NEVER, take a money line as big as -300. It’s just not worth it. I also like the under at -125. Before the Indians blew out the White Sox in the final game of that series, the hit the under seven consecutive times.