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Stephen Nover betting the Cincinnati Reds +144 odds on May 16th 2016

Stephen Nover - MLB PickCincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians
Betting Prediction: Reds +144 odds (May 16th 2016)

The Cincinnati Reds, with their merry band of pyromaniacs in the bullpen, are a tough team to back especially on the road with a 3-12 mark. But this is a good value spot for the Reds in this interleague matchup against in-state rival Cleveland. The .500 Indians are nothing special and have Cody Anderson starting.

It’s not exactly a coincidence that Cleveland has lost every time Anderson has appeared in a game this season. That mark is 0-6. Anderson’s ERA stands at 7.31. He was last seen this past Wednesday in relief giving up a walk-off two-run homer to Marwin Gonzalez during a 16-inning loss to Houston. That kept Anderson’s string of allowing at least one home run in every game he’s pitched this year.

Anderson was more than decent as a rookie last season going 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA. Opponents have adjusted. Anderson hasn’t. A trip to the minors hasn’t seemed to cure his problems. Anderson has been terrible, too, during interleague action with an 0-2 mark and 5.49 ERA in four career starts. He’s made one interleague start this season. That didn’t go well either as the Mets ripped him for five runs on nine hits, including three homers, in 4 2/3 innings on April 15.

Cincinnati starter John Lamb is intriguing. Back in 2010, Lamb was Kansas City’s top pitching prospect. His career, though, was set back by Tommy John surgery. He was part of the Reds’ haul when they traded Johnny Cueto to the Royals last year. Lamb pitched less than 50 inning for the Reds going 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA. He also had 58 strikeouts, though.

The high strikeout number and Lamb being a lefty in the National League make him someone worth monitoring. So after seeing Lamb post a 1.80 ERA in his first two starts after being activated earlier this month following off-season back surgery, I went all in on the 25-year-old picking him up in both of my National League Rotisserie leagues. (Yes, I play Rotisserie not fantasy baseball).

Certainly there is a wild-card element to Lamb especially since he last pitched eight days ago after spraining his left thumb. The injury was minor and Lamb is fully cleared to pitch today. The Indians are the first American League team to face Lamb.

The Indians just lost Michael Brantley again. He was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. The Indians are below average in scoring and rank third-from-the-bottom in home runs. So Lamb isn’t exactly going against the ’27 Yankees.

Cleveland last went against a southpaw starter on April 29. The Indians are 3-6 versus lefties this year. If you discount the Indians’ performance against White Sox southpaw John Danks, who has since been released and is a free agent, Cleveland has scored 19 runs in eight games versus lefty starters. That’s an average of 2.3 runs a game.

Twins vs. Indians Over-Under Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 13th 2016

Will Rogers - MLB PickMinnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians
Over-Under Pick: Over 8 runs -110 odds (May 13th 2016)

The Indians are returning home to Cleveland from a three-game set at Houston. They’ve won five of their past six home at Progressive Field and will host a Minnesota Twins team that has lost 11 of its past 12 overall. Tonight’s pitching match-up suggests we could see a slugfest in Cleveland.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Pitching – The Indians hand the ball to the still undefeated Josh Tomlin (5-0, 3.72) who has won each of his five starts this year. He’ll be looking for a better performance than when he conceded five runs (four earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 win at Minnesota on April 27, and considering his record home in Cleveland in recent seasons that’s more than likely to happen. The Twins counter with Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.70 ERA) who has posted a 7.00 ERA during a three-game winless stretch. He’s 0-2 with a 5.45 ERA in six career meetings with the Tribe.

2. Situational – The Twins lost 9-2 against the Orioles Wednesday. They have gone over the total in eight of their last 10 games at Cleveland.

3. X-Factor – The over is 14-2 in Tomlin’s last 16 home starts.

Selection: This is a play on the Twins@Indians to go OVER the total (Free)

Tigers vs. Indians MLB Runline Odds: Schule betting Detroit +1.5 -130 on May 4th 2016

Jesse Schule - MLB PickDetroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians
Betting Prediction: Detroit +1.5 -130 odds (May 4th 2016)

The Indians swept the Tigers in Detroit last week, and they took Game 1 of this home series versus Detroit by a score of 7-3 last night. Cleveland will be a big favorite with ace Corey Kluber on the mound tonight, and Kluber only has one win in five starts this year.

Kluber (1-3, 4.24 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in a loss to Philly his last time out. He limited the Tigers to one run on two hits and 10 strikeouts over eight innings prior to that. His success against the Tigers has been limited though, with a record of 1-5 with a 4.26 ERA in his previous 10 starts versus Detroit. The power in the Tigers lineup has clobbered Kluber, with Cabrera batting .500 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 38 at bats, Victor Martinez batting .321 with three homers, and J.D. hitting .333 with a home run.

The Tigers hand the ball to Anibal Sanchez, who was rocked by the Indians in Detroit. Sanchez (3-2, 6.08 ERA) allowed two runs on three hits, striking out nine in a home win over Oakland his last time out. Prior to that he was torched for seven runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings in a home loss to Cleveland. He’s pitched well against the Indians at Progressive Field though, going 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last two starts there.

The Tigers are batting an American League best .286 on the season so far.