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Pittsburgh Pirates Starter Gerrit Cole Out to Silence Cleveland Indians Bats in MLB Contest

A key battle on the MLB betting odds menu sees the visiting Cleveland Indians dueling the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.

The match puts starter Danny Salazar for the Cleveland Indians on the hill facing Gerrit Cole for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Salazar brings a 7-3 mark to the game, while Cole is 11-3 to date on the season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Pittsburgh Pirates as -138 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 6.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.3-2.8 win for the Pirates. A 4.3-2.8 result in favor of the Pirates is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh (46-34) will face the 38-42 Indians in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 7 (Pittsburgh Pirates) and the No. 21 (Cleveland Indians) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has baseball's No. 16-rated offensive output, at 8.98 hits per game. The Cleveland Indians average 8.41 hits per game, good for No. 19 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Cleveland owns the No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.33 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Indians were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Pittsburgh staff and losing 1-0 to the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Houston, Monday, July 6th
Pittsburgh home to San Diego, Monday, July 6th