By: Trent Pruitt (@trentbets)
Last night we crushed it, going 2-0 with wins on the Indians money line and Dodgers run line. The $100 bettor profited $136.60! We’re back at it again tonight and if you’ve been following our bets recently, we’ve gone 9-2 since last Tuesday’s Pirates vs. White Sox game!
Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals: 7:05 CST
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’re riding the Indians again tonight on the money line (-157) for a unit. Jakob Junis takes the ball for Mike Matheney’s side and the Indians’ mouths are watering. Francisco Lindor is 16-32 against the righty with four homers and 12 RBI’s. The roster as a whole slashes .352/.401/.557. Tyler Naquin’s name never usually makes it into my previews and even though he’s only batting .204 on the year, he’s 7-17 against Junis.
The Tribe will take the rubber match tonight in Kansas City behind the arm of rookie Tristan McKenzie, who has 13 punchouts over 10 IP in the big leagues. McKenzie was sharp in his debut, allowing one earned over six innings against the rising Tigers. Naysayers may point to his second outing against the Cardinals where he walked three batters, but tonight he faces the Royals, who have the sixth lowest BB% (7.9%) in the league. I’m really liking this one tonight, look for Cleveland keep grinding out wins in a tight A.L. Central.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: 7:10 CST
Speaking of the A.L. Central, that’s where best bet number two will be. We’re hammering the over 9.5 (-105) between the Sox and Twins for a unit. A pitching matchup featuring Reynaldo Lopez and Jose Berrios should lead to more than a few runs tonight. For starters, Reynaldo Lopez is less than mediocre. His first start of the season was against the Twins and they shelled him for four earned in just 0.2 innings of work. Continuing with the head to heads, Minnesota slashes .304/.360/.625 and is led by Nelson Cruz who’s 5-10, Jake Cave who’s 4-10, and my guy, Luis Arraez who’s 3-7.
On the flip side, Jose Berrios is inconsistent and certainly not the ace that the Twins need him to be. Back on Opening Day the Sox tagged him for five earned over 4.0 IP and this lineup has launched 11 longballs off of the righty. Don’t be fooled by a 3-2 final score last night, these teams can rake. Chicago ranks third overall in wOBA (.325) and second in BABIP (.317). Look for a hit fest as these division foes battle it out in one of the toughest divisions in the MLB.
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