Cleveland (56-38) at Baltimore (54-40)
When: Friday, July 22nd 2016
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: SportsTime Ohio, MASN2
The Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series Friday night at Camden Yards. The Indians have opened up a seven game lead over Detroit in the A.L. Central and have the best record in the American League at 56-38. Cleveland has scored 36 runs over their last six games (4-2) and just took two of three from reigning World Series-champion Kansas City. Carlos Santana, who is batting .342 in his last 20 games, hit one of Cleveland’s six homers in an 11-4 rout of the Royals on Wednesday. The Orioles, who are battling injuries and the flu bug, snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Baltimore hopes to get CF Adam Jones (back spasms) and C Matt Wieters (foot) back for Friday’s contest. Baltimore LF Nolan Reimold is 1-for-16 in the last six games, while Cleveland SS Francisco Lindor has recorded two homers, four RBIs and five runs scored in his last four.
Pitchers: Indians – Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.36) | Orioles – Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70)
Trevor Bauer gets the start for Cleveland and hopes to continue his road success. Bauer is 5-1 this season away from home with a solid 2.78 ERA. Baltimore has been a different story for Bauer who is 0-2 in three career starts at Camden. He received a no-decision on May 27th after allowing three runs and nine hits in six innings. Bauer also received a no-decision in his last outing on Saturday after surrendering four runs and seven hits in six innings versus Minnesota.
Dylan Bundy, who was drafted third overall in the 2011 right in front of Bauer, got his first career start on Sunday and it wasn’t good. He allowed three homeruns in 3.1 innings en route to a 5-2 setback at Tampa Bay. The four runs he allowed matched the sum total of his previous eight relief outings. Bundy will receive his second look at Cleveland this season after yielding one hit in 1.1 innings of relief on May 27th.
Bundy did not look comfortable in his first start and Cleveland has much more offensive power than Tampa Bay. Bauer has been pretty good this season and even better on the road. Cleveland is the best team in Baseball in my opinion. I think they get it done tonight.
Pick: Indians -110