If you’re as hungry for MLB betting as Erysichthon of Thessaly was for food, then feast on the San Diego Padres vs. the Cleveland Indians tonight.
Time: 7:10 PM
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Padres +1½ (+105) 9 (-115) +220
Indians -1½ (-125) 9 (-105) -240
San Diego Padres (35-48)
On the mound: Luis Perdomo (RHP, 3-4, 4.71 ERA 65 K) leads the majors in ground-ball rate (65.4%). The Dominican allowed the Braves four runs on seven hits, and struck out four and walked two in 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday. Perdomo took a while to hit his stride, only picking up his first win on June 12th, but is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA over 24 innings in his last four starts. He has a lower road ERA (4.50 compared to 4.83 at home) but is 3-1 in nine starts at home and 0-3 in five starts on the road. This will be his first start against the Tribe.
At bat: Erick Aybar is 3-for-7 (.429) with two RBIs, two strikeouts and a walk in his career against Cleveland. He is the only Padre who has faced the Indians’ starter.
Miscellanea: “They’re good,” San Diego manager Andy Green said of the Tribe. “They’re a World Series team. There really is no weakness, and they’re playing good baseball right now.”
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Friars have won two thirds of their last six games but only 30% of their last 10 on the road. They have covered in six of their last seven road games. The MLB betting total has gone under in their last five away games.
Cleveland Indians (44-38)
On the mound: Trevor ‘Jack’ Bauer (RHP, 7-6, 5.24 ERA, 96 K) allowed the Rangers only one run on four hits and struck out three in 6 1/3 innings on Wednesday. Agent Bauer is 2-1 with a 3.16 (shout out to SCSA) ERA and 20 Ks in his last four starts. Bauer has faced SD two times in his career, but has gone 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. Bauer’s breaking ball has proved to be a ball-breaker for opposing batters, who are hitting .230 off of Bauer’s curve. 35.52% of his pitches have been curveballs since May 30th, and he has struck out 19 batters with his curve thenceforth, as well as registered 52 called strikes and 33 whiffs with the pitch.
At bat: Third baseman Jose Ramirez entered Tuesday hitting .446 with seven home runs and only six strikeouts since June 14th, and he has 10 extra-base hits with two strikes during that period, which is the most of any player. Additionally, he has made contact on 91.4% of his two-strike swings in that span.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Indians have won and covered in four of their last six games. The MLB betting total has gone under in 10 of the Tribe’s last 13 games and under in seven of their last eight home games.