It’s said that the toughest task in professional sports is to repeat as a champion, but perhaps we should spare a little thought for the teams that finish runners-up in the title games. While most of the heat is surely going to be on the Chicago Cubs this season, there is also a very high level of expectation in the city of Cleveland. The Indians came about as close as you can to winning a Word Series without actually doing it, blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cubs. Most baseball fans believe that the Indians have what it takes to make it back to the World Series this year, but much of that will depend on whether the players are coming in with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove, or whether they are still nursing a bit of a hangover from the pity party that must surely have followed their Word Series collapse. They were certainly not granted an easy start to this season, having to face a very good Texas Rangers team in a 3-game series. The final game of that one is set for Wednesday night in Cleveland, so lets take a look the latest MLB betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The MLB Free Picks For Indians Vs Rangers Game
When: Wednesday, April 5 at 8:05 PM EST
Where: Globe Life Park, Arlington
Starting Pitchers: Danny Salazar Vs Cole Hamels
TV: FSSW, MLBN
Radio: WKYC and KRLD
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Cleveland -152
Why bet on the Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians got their season off to a winning start, but they left it as late as possible. Cleveland found themselves behind 5-1 after just 3 innings in their season opener, but they chipped away at that lead and were able to deliver the killer blow by scoring 3 runs in the 9th to go ahead to stay. One of the moves that Cleveland made in the offseason was to throw big money at Edwin Encarnacion to lure him away from the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s a move that has paid instant dividends, as the big man hit a monster HR in the 9th to get the late rally started. Danny Salazar will start for the Indians on Wednesday. Salazar went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA last season.
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are sure to be kicking themselves today after letting their home opener slip away on Monday. They looked to be in control early on, but the bullpen was unable to hold up its end of the bargain, collapsing late and allowing the Indians to steal the opening game of the season. If there is a positive to be taken from the loss, it was that there was an awful lot of power on display from the Rangers, particularly from Rougned Odor who hit a pair of bombs, driving in 4 runs in the process. Cole Hamels will be on the mound for the Rangers on Wednesday, and will be looking to maintain his form from last year when he went 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think we are going to see a ton of runs in this series, as both teams are bringing some real power to the table. I like Hamels in this pitching match-up.