Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians
The Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians get back on the field and resume their seasons after the All Star Break as they play game one of their series on Thursday. The Indians are -120 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Baltimore Orioles as they were in an outright tailspin with their hopes of accomplishing anything positive this season quickly getting away from them. The Orioles have lost their last seven games in a row, are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 22-22 at home this season, and 18 games back in the American League East. As a team Baltimore is hitting .258 with Nick Markakis hitting .292, Adam Jones hitting .285, Vladimir Guerrero hitting .279, and J.J. Hardy hitting .278. The Orioles pitching staff hasn’t been good as they come in with a 4.77 ERA overall with the starters at 5.00 and the bullpen at 4.43. For game one against the Indians Baltimore starts Jeremy Guthrie who has lost four of his last five starts and has been hit hard much of the year. For the season Guthrie has allowed 125 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 78 over 118.1 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians have led the American League Central for most of the season but the resume their season in second place in the division. The Indians lost their last three games, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 20-24 on the road, and trail the Detroit Tigers by half of a game in the division. As a team Cleveland is hitting .250 with Travis Hafner hitting .325, Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .293, and Michael Brantley hitting .268. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 4.34 and the bullpen at 3.18. For game one at Camden Yards Cleveland starts Justin Masterson who has been outstanding for the most part but his record doesn’t indicate it as he hasn’t always gotten the run support this year. For the season Masterson has allowed 111 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 87 in 122.2 innings of work.
Baltimore is 4-1 in their last five games against the AL Central, 5-1 in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record, and 2-6 in Guthrie’s last eight starts. Cleveland is 4-0 in their last four game one of a series, 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a losing record, and 1-5 in Masterson’s last six road starts. Cleveland has won the last four meetings of these two.
Both if these teams can swing the bat and they will be chomping at the bit and well rested. Look for plenty of hitting and plenty of scoring. Take the over 8.5 runs here.