Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Pick

June 19, 8:05 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Cleveland -125/Texas +105

After splitting the first two games of this series the Indians and Rangers hook up for a rubber match Wednesday evening in Arlington. Which way are we going here for our free MLB pick?

MLB Betting Odds

As of this writing, Wednesday's MLB betting odds were holding off on lining this game, perhaps doing some extra homework on the Texas pitching situation.

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Indians vs. Rangers Set-Up

Texas took the opener of this series Monday night 7-2, but Cleveland took Tuesday's game 10-3. The Rangers won as +115 home dogs Monday, but the Indians won as -115 favorites Tuesday.

Also, while Monday's game played under a total of 9.5 runs Tuesday's game played over 10.5.

With Tuesday's victory, Cleveland is 9-4 over its last 13 games. At 38-34 overall the Indians trail first-place Minnesota by 10 games in the AL Central, but they're also just a half-game behind Texas and Boston in the battle for the second American League wild-card spot.

With Tuesday's defeat, Texas is 3-2 over its last five games. At 39-34 overall the Rangers trail first-place Houston by 8.5 games in the AL West but they're also tied with the Red Sox for the second AL wild-card spot.

This series is the first meeting between these two teams this season. Last year the Tribe took four of six games from the Rangers.

Wednesday's Starting Arms

Lefty rookie Palumbo is making his second career ML start. Two Saturdays ago he gave up four runs and six hits through four innings against Oakland, although Texas won that game 10-5.

Earlier this Summer Palumbo posted a 3.19 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 11 appearances down at Double-A Frisco, covering 53 2/3 innings.

This will be, obviously, Palumbo's first-ever appearance against Cleveland, which could give him an edge, at least for the first couple of times through the lineup.

Plutko is three-for-four on quality starts this season and two for his last two. Last Friday he held Detroit to three runs – two earned – and five hits, including a couple of homers, through six innings of a 13-4 Indians victory. And just before that he held the Yankees to two runs and three hits through six frames.

Cleveland is 3-1 with Plutko this season.

This will be Plutko's first-ever start against Texas, which, as mentioned above, could give him an edge, at least for the first couple of times through the lineup.

Wednesday's Batting Splits

Cleveland is batting .232/.315/.385 against left-handed pitching this season.

Texas is batting .258/.337/.452 against right-handed pitching this season.

The Bullpens

The Indians bullpen owns a 3.30 ERA this season and a 1.23 WHIP, which helps this unit rank among the top three pens in all of Baseball at the moment.

The Rangers pen owns a 4.71 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Totals Report

  • Unders are 41-29 in Indians games this season.
  • Totals are split 36-36 in Rangers games this season.
  • Unders are 21-17 in games played at Globe Life Park this season, even though Texas home games are averaging 10.7 runs per. Obviously, the Rangers face a lot of large totals when playing at home.

Indians at Rangers Prediction 06/19/2019

Texas was hot a little while ago, but now seems to be cooling. Cleveland, meanwhile, appears to be warming up at the moment. Plus, the Indians own the edge in the pitching match-up and in the bullpen comparison. We're taking the Tribe for our free MLB pick for Wednesday.

Free Pick: 
Take Cleveland -125

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