The Indians moved to 51-40 with a solid win over Minnesota last time out. Carlos Santana had another strong game with 2 walks and a clutch RBI. Adam Plutko will pitch in this one, going 3-1 with a 4.95 ERA so far.
The Tigers have been cellar dwellers all year, now sitting at 29-59. Brandon Dixon has been a solid offensive contributor, going for 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 59 games. Daniel Norris is slated to pitch here, going an awful 2-8 with a 4.96 ERA.
Prediction: Indians $1.56
The Indians are comfortably the better of these two sides and have a huge edge in the pitching department. I just can’t see Detroit really scoring here, making strong value on Cleveland at this number.
Kansas City Royals
After another poor loss yesterday, the Royals sit at just 32-62. Jorge Soler remains their main offensive threat, going for 25 home runs and 64 RBI. Jakob Junis will pitch here, going just 4-8 with a 5.33 ERA so far.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are looking in real danger, falling to just 42-47. Jose Abreu is still providing very solid offence, going for 21 home runs and 66 RBI. Lucas Giolito will pitch here, having gone a very solid 11-3 with a 3.15 ERA this season.
Prediction: White Sox $1.77
Against a lacklustre Royals offence, I think a pitcher of Giolito’s quality gives Chicago a huge edge here. Led by Jose Abreu, I expect their offence to prove just enough to get a crucial road win in this one.
St Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have edged just over .500 again, now at 46-45. Marcell Ozuna continues to enjoy a stellar season, going for 20 home runs and 62 RBI. Miles Mikolas will pitch in this one, going a relatively poor 5-9 with a 4.53 ERA so far.
The Pirates keep plugging away, remaining in contention at 44-48. Josh Bell continues to have a superhuman season, leading the way with 27 home runs and 84 RBI. Joe Musgrave is slated to pitch here, going 6-7 with a 4.15 ERA.
Prediction: Cardinals $1.74
These two sides are relatively evenly matched but I think St Louis just has the deeper and more versatile batting lineup. Combine that with a strong home field and I think their offence does just enough here to win.