MLB betting (August 10): Indians slowly improving poor interleague record

Updated: August 9, 2017

After a thrilling finish to their match-up last night, the Rockies and Indians meet again at Progressive Field in one of the early games today. Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela will take to the mound for their respective sides in this battle of a pair of playoff aspirants; overall record: 223-13-204, +29.24 units


MLB best of the day: Colorado Rockies (64-49, 29-28 away) @ Cleveland Indians (60-50, 31-26 home)
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
When: Thursday, August 10, 2.10am (AET)
Starters: Antonio Senzatela (COL, 10-4, 4.78 ERA), Trevor Bauer (CLE, 10-8, 5.00 ERA)
Prices: Colorado $2.45, Cleveland $1.61, O/U 9.5

Confirmed bet: -9.5/total (two units @ $1.99)

TIW says: The box score doesn’t always tell the story of a game, and that was the case with the Rockies’ 4-1 loss to the Indians yesterday. Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer (pictured below) with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in their last at-bat for Corey Kluber to stun Colorado 4-1 last night. Charlie Blackmon’s 26th homer, leading off the game, supplied the lone run for the Rockies, who remain a comfortable six games ahead of Milwaukee in the NL wild-card race.

Holland is now 33-for-36 on save conversions after blowing two in as many games. Prior to the weekend’s games, the Rockies had been 59-0 when leading after eight innings this season. Three days later, they are 0-2 in such situations. They’ll aim to rebound on the back of 22-year-old Antonio Senzatela, who has pitched out of the bullpen in five of his past seven appearances. He lasted only four innings in his most recent outing, giving up six runs in a loss at St. Louis on July 18 after winning his previous turn with five innings of three-run ball. Senzatela beat the Indians on June 6, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.


The Indians will aim to put more window dressing on the eyesore that is their interleague record in today’s game. Cleveland lead the AL Central by two games over the Kansas City Royals but their interleague record is only 6-13, the worst in the American League Playing in an AL park means the Rockies can utilize a designated hitter for two games. Rookie Raimel Tapia filled the role Tuesday night, and he went 1-for-3 with Carlos Gonzalez to get a crack at the Indians less-than-full-strength bullpen in the DH role here. All-Star lefty Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, and workhorse Bryan Shaw, who led the American League in appearances in two of the past three years, is in a slump.

With Miller unavailable, the Indians are operating with just one left-hander in the bullpen, rookie Tyler Olson, who has pitched well in limited opportunities. In six appearances, Olson has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings, yielding four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The job of keeping the bullpen’s workload manageable will go to starter Trevor Bauer, who has won each of his past three starts and is tied with Kluber and Carlos Carrasco for the team lead in wins. In his past two starts, Bauer allowed two runs in a total of 15 innings.


Other confirmed bets (card finalised)

Seattle Mariners WIN @ Oakland Athletics (one unit @ $1.96)
Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco Giants -7.5 (one unit @ $1.88)
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks -8.5 (one unit @ $2.13)
Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Angels WIN (one unit @ $2.15)
New York Yankees -1.5 @ Toronto Blue Jays (one unit @ $1.87)
San Diego Padres WIN @ Cincinnati Reds (one unit @ $2.05)


Today’s other games

Texas Rangers @ New York Mets
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals @ St. Louis Cardinals


Yesterday’s results: 2-0-5, -4.11 units

Houston Astros -1.5 @ Chicago White Sox (two units @ $1.69) LOSE (5-8)
Texas Rangers @ New York Mets -9.5 (one unit @ $1.95) WIN (4-5)
New York Yankees WIN @ Toronto Blue Jays (one unit @ $2.25) LOSE (2-4)
Colorado Rockies +1.5 @ Cleveland Indians (one unit @ $2.04) LOSE (1-4)
Milwaukee Brewers @ Minnesota Twins +10 (one unit @ $1.94) WIN (4-11)
Los Angeles Dodgers WIN @ Arizona Diamondbacks (one unit @ $1.80) LOSE (3-6)
Chicago Cubs -1.5 @ San Francisco Giants (one unit @ $1.95) LOSE (3-6)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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