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MLB Game Preview - Pirates underdogs vs Indians at Cleveland

Pittsburgh PiratesCleveland Indians
June 16, 4:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cleveland Indians Odds

32-31TEAM RECORD33-30

Inter-league play resumes on Saturday as the Indians take on the Pirates at Progressive Field in a key battle on the odds menu.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter AJ Burnett to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 6-2. Getting the ball for the Indians is Ubaldo Jimenez, who owns a 6-4 record on the season with a 4.91 ERA.

View Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Pirates listed as underdogs of +-130 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 11-ranked Indians and the National League No. 15-rated Pirates in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Cleveland owns the No. 10 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.5 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 16 in the same category at 7.3 per game.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.

The Pirates were a 2-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors. Pittsburgh didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Justin Masterson in a losing cause, 2-0, against Cleveland on Friday.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Pirates at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Sunday, June 17

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