Our Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians moneyline pick sees solid odds and betting value in this AL matchup. Our Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians pick is the first game of a four-game set, as the Rangers host the Tribe starting on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm ET.
Both clubs currently sit in second place in their respective divisions. Cleveland is 0.5 games back in the wildcard race to Texas. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 They are coming off a series where they took two out of three games against Cincinnati. The Indians swept their last series in Detroit.
Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Moneyline Pick – Pitching
Mike Clevinger is set to make his first start since early April for Cleveland. Clevinger has made two starts on the year and was stellar in both. He pitched a total of 12 innings and allowed zero runs while striking out 22.
Clevinger was very good last year as well. He finished 2018 with a 3.02 ERA and opponents were batting .223 against him. Despite the long stint on the IL, signs point to Clevinger having little problem jumping back into action. The 6’4’’ righty was able to hit 99mph on the radar gun in his last rehab start.
Texas will send Lance Lynn to the mound. Lynn has a 4.40 ERA and a 7-4 record on the season. He has been very good lately. Over his last seven starts, he has a WHIP of 1.10 and an ERA of 3.18.
His last start came in a no decision against Boston. Lynn went six innings and allowed three runs while punching out eight batters. Lynn will primarily utilize his 95mph fastball and 93mph sinker to get through the Indian lineup.
Rangers Rolling Despite Gallo’s Absence
Despite missing their best player for the last 15 games, Texas has dropped just five games. Gallo leads the Rangers in homeruns (17) and OPS (1.074) on the year. He has the second most RBI on the team as well, with 41 in his 50 games played. Texas has little trouble scoring without Gallo though. The Rangers have averaged 5.47 runs since his injury. They have gotten heavy scoring contributions from Hunter Pence and Rougned Odor in this time. Pence has seven hits in his last 18 at bats while driving in seven runs. Odor has five RBI in his last four games played.
The Indians’ Jose Ramierz has had a rough season and is cold as of late. Ramirez has ba atting average of .200 over his last five games. He has an OPS of .592 over the last seven days. Ramierez has all-star talent and should be producing at much higher levels. The Tribe has been pleased with Carlos Santana recently. He has had a very solid year hitting third in the lineup. He leads the club in RBI (42) and OPS (.930). He has been Cleveland’s best player recently as well. In his last five games. he has an OPS of 1.143 with a .316 batting average.
Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Moneyline Pick: Summary
While both clubs have seen success recently, we like Texas in the opening contest of this four-game set. They have proven they can score despite missing their top offensive threat. While we would give the pitching edge to Cleveland, Lance Lynn has been solid as of late. This, coupled with the recent struggles of the Indians’ star players, could make this a difficult game for the Tribe. Our Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians moneyline pick follows.
Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Moneyline: Prediction
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