Milwaukee vs Cleveland Betting Odds & Pick

Posted by Mila Anderson on Tuesday,August 25, 2015 3:06, EST in

There are times when interleague play gives us a glimpse at what we might expect from a World Series match-up. That said, there are also times when we get to see some of the poorer teams from each league go head to head. That is what we will get this week when the Milwaukee Brewers roll into Cleveland to face the Indians in a 2-game baseball betting series that wraps up on Wednesday.

Analyzing The Milwaukee Brewers vs Cleveland Indians Betting Odds & My Free Pick

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26th, 7:10 PM
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
TV: FSWI
Radio: WTMJ 620
Opening line: Cleveland -160

The Milwaukee Brewers (53-72) are a team that are now very much building for the future. They made a number of moves at the trade deadline which, at first glance, would make them appear to be sellers. Yes, they dumped some salary, but they got a bunch of very hot prospects in return. You know that you’ve made some solid decisions when the fan base gets a little excited about the new faces coming to town. This is not going to be an overnight fix, though, and there are sure to still be some rough waters ahead for this young Brewers team. Who knows, perhaps with a few savvy offseason moves, they can follow the same trajectory that the Chicago Cubs are on this season. Jimmy Nelson (10-9, 3.60 ERA) will get the start for Milwaukee, who have won each of the last 4 games that Nelson has started.

The Cleveland Indians (58-66) finished their week off on a high note by taking 3 of 4 from the New York Yankees, but couldn’t build on that to start of this week. Monday saw them play a make-up game against the Chicago Cubs, which they lost 2-1 on a walk-off homer by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the 9th inning. That saw them finish an 11-game road trip at 5-6, which is about how their season has gone to this point. They get to head home for 5 games now, but that is not particularly comforting when you consider that they are 10 games under .500 in their own ball park. At 6.5 games off the pace in the Wild Card, the Indians are still technically in the hunt, but they realistically do not have a shot at getting in. Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53 ERA) has been excellent over his past 5 starts, giving up just 6 total earned runs.

Key Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games when playing Cleveland
  • Milwaukee is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 7 games at home

The Indians have played pretty well over their last 5 or 6 games, and with Carrasco on the mound, they should have more than enough to dispatch the Brewers in this one.

Sources:
Wikipedia.org (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Nelson_(baseball))
Sports.Yahoo.com (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8185/)