MLB Betting: Orioles at Indians Odds
By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC
BookMaker is the only online sportsbook where you can get the earliest MLB moneylines, runlines, totals and props. If you want to wager on baseball odds like the pros do, you need to join BookMaker today! The ballgame between the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians will take place Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 4:10 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. You can watch the contest live on the MLB Network.
Plenty of offense is on deck for the middle game of three on Saturday between a power laden Orioles roster and a Cleveland squad with a great matchup.
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The Orioles are just a game back of the AL East lead and AL best record as of Wednesday.
Thanks to a boom or bust offense and shaky rotation, the O’s are prone to a swoon here and there. Having lost back-to-back games, the Birds have dropped out of the division top spot, but still have had a strong year overall with a total moneyline of $842, the second best in the league.
The Indians, meanwhile, are four games over-.500 and just barely in the black at $45.
The Indians have yet to announce their starting staff for the Orioles series, including their starter for Saturday.
Based on the rotation order last time through, Mike Clevinger could get the nod. The 25-year old rookie right-hander has just two big league starts under his belt and the last one was a struggle as he lasted five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while allowing a pair of home runs.
The long ball is a real threat against the Orioles who are stacked with power bats top-to-bottom and boast three hitters already in double-digits in HRs.
While Clevinger’s been hittable at the big league level, his time in Triple-A shows a guy capable of keeping the ball in the yard, though control outside of the zone was worrisome with a 4.3 walk per nine inning rate at Columbus.
Fortunately for Clevinger, his offense should give him some leeway as they face former Indian Ubaldo Jimenez.
Jimenez has been the epitome of inconsistency. The right-hander has a complex delivery that’s often out of whack, leading to plenty of walks. His WHIP is sky-high right now at 1.776 and his ERA is 6.04 through nine starts.
The veteran is lost on the mound right now as he’s walking the ballpark and when he does throw in the zone, he’s grooving it so hitters get a great look at it as evidenced by his 11.2 hits per nine ratio.
The Orioles offense has been reliant on the home run for the past several years. Once again, they’re at the top of the heap in total home runs, slamming 65 of them. That’s 18 more than the Indians so far.
Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo are tied for the team lead with 13 homers a piece while Chris Davis has hit 10. That’s 36 between three players, no other team can claim that at this point in the year.
Even outside of those three, the rest of the roster can hit the ball out. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop already has eight bombs while Adam Jones and Pedro Alvarez each have 30 homer seasons on their resumes.
For the Birds, it’s all about trying to score without the home run. That’s been a problem. When the opposition has been able to keep the ball in the yard, they’ve had a hard time winning.
The Indians are at home and facing a familiar face in Jimenez who has been one of the worst starters in baseball through the season’s first two months.
Of course, Cleveland’s starting picture isn’t the clearest for Saturday and Clevinger hasn’t been able to establish himself at the big league level. The Birds should get a number of pitches they can drive to help them stay in what figures to be a bit of a shootout.
Given all of that, this game could come down to the defense and the bullpen. If so, the Orioles have the advantage in both categories.
Baltimore’s defense—even with Mark Trumbo getting most of the innings in right-field—is the best in the American League based on total errors with only 18. The infield defense, in particular, is quite strong.
The O’s pen is another strength. Buck Showalter is one of the best at managing a pen and he’s got a number of weapons at his disposal. Including Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Darren O’Day and Vance Worley all with ERAs no higher than 2.19.
MLB Odds: Orioles 7, Indians 6