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MLB Game Preview - Pirates underdogs vs Indians at Cleveland

Pittsburgh PiratesCleveland Indians
June 18, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cleveland Indians Odds

35-34TEAM RECORD37-31

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

Cleveland hands the ball to starter Carlos Carrasco in this one and he'll try to improve on his 6-3 mark on the year. Pittsburgh counters with Paul Maholm, who will try to quiet the fans and the Indians bats at the same time.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-140 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 13 in the American League and the Pirates at No. 16 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 7-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 6 in the National League at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Indians have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, more than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (7.9 hits per game).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the American League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

The Pirates were a 5-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -148 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Pittsburgh suffered a 5-1 loss against Cleveland on Friday, as Kevin Correia wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Progressive Field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Sunday, June 19

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