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Miami Marlins vs. Cleveland Indians
MLB: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:10 PM EST
The Marlins won their first series of the season in their last one even though they lost their last game. Miami has the fewest wins in the Majors and the rebuilding fish have had their main issues scoring runs, as they rank 2nd to last in the bigs in that category and they have been shut out in three of their last five games. This is the Marlins first interleague game of the season.
The Indians had won four in a row before losing their last two games and they sit in 2nd place in the AL Central only one game back of the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe had given up 10 runs in winning four in a row, but their pitching was hammered in their last two games giving up 18 runs. The pitching has been the strength of the team on the season while they only rank 23rd in runs scored.
The Indians have won their last five games facing the Marlins and have taken four of their last five games against them in the Sunshine State.
It helps to hit the ball
In their last game, the Marlins were at home and lost to the Washington Nationals 5-0 where they struck out 11 times and only had three hits. Starlin Castro leads all everyday players for Miami only batting .247, no player on the club has over seven RBI, and three players are tied with the team lead with only three HR. The Marlins have lost 29 of their last 42 interleague road games.
Pablo Lopez (1-3 5.85 ERA) gets the starting nod in this interleague series opener and in his last outing he was decent giving up two runs in five innings, but got no support in 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. After winning his season debut the Marlins have lost his last three starts and in the two previous to the last one he gave up four runs in each and like the last one got zero runs of support. Miami has lost 9 or Lopez’s last 10 starts and they have lost his last four road starts.
Not the best game on the hill
The Indians were at home in their last game having a bad day on the hill in an 11-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves where they gave up 16 hits. Starter Shane Bieber was shelled giving up seven runs in only two 1/3 innings of work. Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez each had solo HR in the losing effort.
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Carlos Santana leads the Tribe in batting average and RBI (13) and he is the only player for the team with over eight RBI. While the Indians are 5-2 in their last seven interleague games they lost two of three games to the Braves in their last series, which was their first interleague series this season.
In this series-opening game, Carlos Carrasco (2-2 7.41 ERA) gets the start and he had a great last outing not giving up any earned runs and only allowed three hits in seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. He has really been up and down early in the season with two solid starts and two bad ones and in the one previous to the last one he gave up six runs failing to get out of the first inning in a bad Cleveland loss. The Indians are 20-7 in Carrasco’s last 27 home starts and they have won five of his last six interleague starts.
The Cleveland Indians are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-2 in their last 7 home games
The Miami Marlins are:
- 23-53 in their last 76 overall
- 13-38 in their last 51 road games
- 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games
- 13-29 in their last 42 interleague road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Not the easiest call in this one considering Cleveland starter Carrasco has been so erratic on the young season. For the first time this season he will string together two straight quality outings and it helps facing a Miami lineup that was shut out in their last game. They will fail to give Lopez much run support and in a low scoring affair, the Tribe will win the first game of this series.
Prediction: PICK: Indians
Full-Game Total Pick
While a couple of the head to head trends point to the Over in this interleave game the Under has to be the pick. Carrasco will have a good home start and he will be facing a Marlins lineup that has been shut out in three of their last five games. This game will not see a lot of runs, so take the Under.
Prediction: PICK: Under