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MLB Game Preview - Indians underdogs vs Rangers at Cleveland

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May 5, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Odds

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The Cleveland Indians battle the visiting Texas Rangers on Saturday in MLB betting action at Progressive Field.

The Indians will rely on Derek Lowe to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Derek Holland will be his counterpart for the Rangers. Derek Lowe is 4-1 this season, and Derek Holland is 2-2.

View Texas vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 120 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 12-rated Indians and the league No. 1-ranked Rangers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cleveland's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.6 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.3 runs per game in the league. The Indians have averaged 8.5 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (10.1 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Texas was a 6-3 loser on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Cleveland at +127 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Texas suffered a 6-3 loss against Cleveland on Friday, as Colby Lewis wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Progressive Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Rangers at Indians trends to consider:
Texas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Cleveland
Texas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Texas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 15 games

Next up:
Texas at Cleveland, Sunday, May 6

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