Cleveland Indians vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Wednesday in Cleveland for game two of their series. The Phillies are -151 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Cleveland Indians haven’t had a great year thus far but on Tuesday they got the bats rolling crushing the visiting Phillies. Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Drew Stubbs all hit home runs as the Indians scored 14 runs on 17 hits. Starting pitcher Zach McAllister was in cruise control as he allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out four over seven innings to get the win and go to 2-3 on the year. For Wednesday’s game Cleveland starts Trevor Bauer who makes his second start of the year. For the season Bauer has allowed two hits and three earned runs while striking out two and walking seven over five innings of work for an 0-1 record and a 5.40 ERA.
It was over practically before it really got started for the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday as they were blasted by the Indians. Delmon Young had two hits including a home run, Chase Utley homered, and John Mayberry had a hit as the Phillies scored two run on five hits. On the mound starting pitcher Roy Halladay allowed nine hits and eight earned runs while striking out three over 3.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-3 on the year. For Wednesday’s game Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who played many years in Cleveland. For the season Lee has allowed 32 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 30 over 35.2 innings of work for a 2-1 record and a 3.03 ERA.
Cleveland is 15-31 against a team with a losing record, 21-47 in their last 68 games as an underdog, and 2-9 in their last 11 games against the NL East, Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last eight games as a favorite, 1-5 in their last six interleague games, and 1-6 in Lee’s last seven starts as a favorite. Philadelphia is 4-2 in the last six meetings of these two.
I expect to see plenty of hitting in this one despite the pitching match up and my pick is on the over.