The Indians moved to a solid 25-20 with a thumping 10-0 win over Baltimore yesterday. Carlos Santana continues to be their main man offensively, comfortably leading the clubhouse with 7 homers and 27 RBI. Carlos Carrasco is slated to pitch here, having gone 4-3 with a 4.18 ERA so far.
The A’s make the trip to Cleveland after their game with Detroit was suspended yesterday. Khris Davis and Matt Chapman are their main men offensively, combining for 22 homers and 53 RBI this season. Brett Anderson returns to pitch here, sporting a 4-3 record with a 4.41 ERA.
Prediction: Indians $1.56
The Indians are the better all-round team with a strong home-field advantage in this one. I think they’ve got a pitching edge as well as a deeper batting lineup. At $1.56, I’d expect them to open this series with a comfortable win.
The Rangers got back to winning ways last time out, moving to 21-23 in the process. Left Fielder Joey Gallo is having an outstanding year on offence, going for 13 homers and 32 RBI so far. Mike Minor is on the mound here, having gone 4-3 with an impressive 2.61 ERA.
The Mariners also got a much-needed win last time out, beating Minnesota 7-4 to move to 23-26. Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion is enjoying another strong year, going for 13 homers and 33 RBI so far. Mike Leake will pitch in this one, sporting a 3-4 record and 4.0 ERA this season.
Prediction: Rangers $1.67
With home field and the strong pitching advantage, I like the Rangers at this price point. I think their offence can get after Leake here, while Minor does enough to secure the win with a solid pitching performance.
San Diego Padres
Despite a strong start to the campaign, poor recent form has seen the Padres fall to 23-24. Right Fielder Franmil Reyes is now their main man offensively, going for 14 homers and 25 RBI so far this season. The reliable Chris Paddack is back to pitch here, going 3-2 with an ERA under 2.
The Diamondbacks make the trip to San Diego after a surprise home loss to the Giants yesterday. They just couldn’t get things going offensively, scoring just 2 runs and registering 3 hits all afternoon. Luke Weaver is slated to pitch here, going 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA this season.
Prediction: Padres $1.65
Especially with Chris Paddack on the mound, I have to give the edge to San Diego here. I think he can contain this Diamondbacks batting lineup while the resurgent Padres offence gets it done on the other end.