This Friday night, MLB fans will get to see the first of a three-game interleague series at PNC Park. The Pirates will have the home advantage which is something they need to beat the Cleveland Indians. This is because they are currently the worst team in the National League NL Central. However, will the Indians actually beat the spread? Find out with our Pirates vs Indians Betting Pick to help you win your baseball bet.
The Betting odds are in favor of the Cleveland Indians at -149 after a 4-game winning streak against the Orioles. On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the clear underdog with a +120 moneyline. The big question going on in bettors mind at the moment is not who will win. It is more as to what bet to make on this game.
Pirates vs Indians Betting Prediction and Analysis for 6/18/2021
The Cleveland Indians currently ranks second in the AL Central standings and 5 wins away from overtaking Chicago. In addition, they are on a hot winning streak after shutting down Baltimore. Therefore, baseball betting fans are hoping it will carry them to a win against Pittsburgh.
According to sports news coverage, the Indians had a 10-3 home victory last Thursday against Baltimore. The VIP for that game was without a doubt Yu Chang who hit a homer and drove in 4 runs.
This time around, the Indians will use right-hander Jean Carlos Mejia as their starting pitcher. Last time he was on the mound, Mejia let 2 runs in 4 innings for a 4-3 victory against Baltimore. Furthermore, this will be his fourth career major league start.
Then we have the Pittsburgh Pirates who are trying to break free of a 10-game losing streak. Over these last 10 games, they have only made 22 runs and are in a desperate need of a win. However, the odds are not looking good as they only average 3.39 runs per game.
The Pirates will be using Chad Kuhl to open up this series. He currently has a WHIP of 1.432 and a FIP of 4.6 with a 20-27 win-loss record in his career.
Pirates vs Indians Betting Pick
Game time: 06/18/2021 at 7:05 PM EDT
Bet the Over 8.5
According to baseball betting experts, this will be a win for the Cleveland Indians. However, there is not much value betting on the moneyline. Therefore, bet on the Over as we predict a final score of 6-5 for the Cleveland Indians.
However, the Yankees are dealing with many injuries in the outfield which will be a problem for this matchup. Therefore, we predict the Chicago White Sox will win the game with a final score of 5-4.