Point Spread: -1.50 | -120.00 Cleveland (Home)
I think the clear talent discrepancy on the mound absolutely justifies in laying the 1.5 runs for the near pick-em price. Cleveland's playoff chances are dwindling after a sluggisth stretch, but I think the home side finds a way to win convincingly today. The Tribe would lose 4-3 in Tuesday's opener, yesterday's game was postponed due to rain. Note that Cleveland actually outhit the Twins 9-5 in Tuesday's setback, but was just 1 of 10 with runners in scoring position. The home side now turns to ace Corey Kluber (14-9, 2.47 ERA) who gave up five hits and one unearned run in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday; while he was 0-3 over his previous four starts, note that the hard-throwing right-hander had posted a very respectable 3.42 ERA during that stretch, but received just five total runs of support. The visitors counter with Kyle Gibson who is 1-2 with a ballooned 5.45 ERA over his last six starts which included a 7-5 setback to Cleveland on August 19th; he'd give up five runs over 5 1/3's innings. Gibson comes in with zero momentum as well, he'd give up four runs over seven frames in a 5-4 loss to the Angels on Thursday. A superior starter and a ton of motivational factors equal a RUN LINE play on the INDIANS in this one.