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Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Total Pick

Time: 3:05 PM EST Sunday June 8, 2014 FSSW

Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

The Texas Rangers host the Cleveland Indians in an American League match up.

In their last games: In yesterday’s Game 2 of this 4-game series the Indians beat the Rangers 8-3.

In yesterday’s win the Indians scored 8 runs on 12 hits and scored 7 runs combined in the 6th and 7th inning.

These 2 teams have split the first 2 games of this series, which are the first meetings this season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Indians are 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Rangers.

The Indians are 1-4 in Justin Masterson’s last 5 starts against the Rangers.

Joe Saunders is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA over his last 4 starts against Cleveland.

The Rangers have lost 4 of their last 5 games with their pitching struggling with a 5.91 ERA over that span.

Pitching Match Up
Cleveland Indians: Justin Masterson (3-4, 4.72 ERA)
Texas Rangers: Joe Saunders (0-1, 3.68 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Indians -110 / Rangers +100
Run Line: Cleveland -1.5 +120
Total Line: 9.5

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Cleveland Indians: 30-31 SU / O/U 33-26 / Run Line W/L 29-32
Texas Rangers: 31-30 SU / O/U 31-25 / Run Line W/L 27-34

Key Betting Trends
• CLE is 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
• CLE is 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
• CLE has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
• TEX is 10-4 in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
• TEX is 1-9 in their last 10 games as a home underdog.
• TEX has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Key Player Injuries

Nick Swisher 1B D.L. May 27 knee Early June?
Zach McAllister SP D.L. May 22 back Early June?
Nyjer Morgan OF D.L. May 15 knee Out indefinitely

Alexi Ogando RP D.L. Jun 4 elbow Late July?
Prince Fielder 1B D.L. May 23 neck 2015
Matt Harrison SP D.L. May 14 back 2015?
Martin Perez SP D.L. May 14 elbow Mid-2015
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B D.L. Apr 25 back July?
Pedro Figueroa RP D.L. Apr 23 elbow 2015
Jim Adduci OF D.L. Apr 19 finger Mid June?
Jurickson Profar 2B D.L. Mar 30 shoulder September?
Geovany Soto C D.L. Mar 30 knee June?
Engel Beltre OF D.L. Mar 28 leg Out indefinitely
Derek Holland SP D.L. Mar 3 knee surgery Early July?
Joseph Ortiz RP D.L. Feb 14 foot Late May?

Total Pick:

Justin Masterson looked like the pitcher of 2013 with a 3 hit 7 inning shutout of the Red Sox in his latest. He threw a lot of pitches in that outing striking out 10 and walking 4 which has me thinking that a few calls going the other way would have painted a completely different pitching line. He has shown less velocity in his pitches this season so I’m going to need to see him string together a few good starts before I think he has turned it around. Same goes for Joe Saunders who was awful last season playing in pitcher friendly Safeco Field. He had a poor season opener against Tampa Bay allowing 4 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings and was sent down. The Rangers injuries had them desperate for a starter so back comes Saunders and he’s responded with 11 innings of 2-run ball. He did get tagged for 10 hits over 6 innings in his latest and was in trouble from the get go but managed to escape with the 2 runs allowed. A repeat of that outing may not have the same result against the Indians who have been having no difficulty putting up runs as of late. The number may appear high to some, but both teams are on over trends with Cleveland on a 5 of 7 run and Texas having 8 of their last 9 go over the total. Take Over 9.5 .

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