MLB Betting: Kluber Gives Tribe The Edge
With ace Corey Kluber on the mound, the Cleveland Indians should be road favorites Tuesday night when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals.
Heading into the series opener against the Cardinals on Monday night, Cleveland had won seven straight. However, all seven of those wins came at home; on the road, Cleveland was 4-6 in its previous 10.
Kluber (11-3. 2.10) dominated the Chicago White Sox in his last start, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing only one hit with seven strikeouts. Cleveland won 12-0 as a -330 favorite in MLB betting at Bovada Sportsbook. He has only faced St. Louis once in his career, back in 2015, and it was one of the best starts of his career, as he allowed one hit over eight shutout innings with 18 strikeouts.
The Cardinals will counter with Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24). St. Louis has lost his last five starts, and he hasn’t posted a win since May 2. In his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers, he lasted four innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits. The Cardinals were crushed 11-3 as a +110 underdog. Martinez has never faced Cleveland, but in 16 interleague games he is 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA.
The Indians and Cardinals last met up in 2015 when St. Louis took two of three games. In their last nine matchups in St. Louis, the Indians are 6-3, and totals bettors should know that the UNDER is 7-1 in the last eight between the Cardinals and Indians.
Cubs challenge Dodgers in Tinseltown
Also on tap Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet up for the second time in a week.
The Dodgers entered the series 9-2 in their last 11 after a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. The Cubs were on the other end of a series sweep after losing four games to the Cincinnati Reds.
Last week in Chicago the Cubs won two of three vs the Dodgers. At home in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have dominated this matchup with five straight wins and an 8-2 record in their last 10.
The pitching matchup, Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10) for Chicago and Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99) for Los Angeles, is a repeat of the pitching matchup from the June 20 clash between the Cubs and Dodgers. Chicago won that game 4-0 behind seven shutout innings from Lester. Stripling was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs on eight hits over six innings, which snapped a personal six-game winning streak.