Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians Baseball Betting 09/22/19
Posted by: Mike Davis
Namely, Bryce Harper completely flipped the baseball betting expectations for the Phillies upon his arrival from Washington. Philadelphia has failed to live up to the hype struggling all year to stay in the wild card race. As a result of this, the Phillies have been in the red with the MLB lines this season. Cleveland has been a perennial favorite in the American League for several seasons. Manager Terry Francona has proven to be one of the best in the game. Specifically, a lack of run production has been the Indians biggest albatross for 2019.
Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Cleveland Indians
To say that this season has been a disappointment would be an understatement for Phillies fans and backers. More emphatically Philadelphia has come nowhere near living up to preseason hype. Bryce Harper has been more on than off but had a poor start that was emblematic of the entire team. Concurrently the Phillies are 77-72 with only 68 games going over. The Phils have won five of their last nine games with just three of their last nine going over. To show Philly ranks 13th for runs scored but 19th for OPS and 22nd for home runs.
Players to Watch: RHSP Vince Velasquez (6-7, 1.39 WHIP, 4.95 ERA, 113 K, 103.2 IP), RF Bryce Harper (89 R, 32 2B, 31 HR, 102 RBI, .253 AVG, .372 OBP, .492 SLG, .864 OPS), 1B Rhys Hoskins (82 R, 33 2B, 5 3B, 28 HR, 81 RBI, .239 AVG, .376 OBP, .481 SLG, .856 OPS), RP Hector Neris (3-6, 26 SV, 6 BLSV, 1.03 WHIP, 2.94 ERA, 84 K, 64.1 IP),
Correlate the Indians consistent contender status with a pitching staff that remains an asset that is one of the best in the game. Cleveland is 88-63 with only 64 games going over. Late on the Indians have won six of their last eight games. Eight of their last 10 have gone under the total. MLB metrics have the Tribe ranked 18th for run production, 14th for OPS and 18th for home runs. Counter to that is a pitching staff ranked third for earned run average and fourth for WHIP. Fashion that the one element Francona teams always have is pitching.
Players to Watch: RHSP Adam Plutko (6-4, 1.24 WHIP, 4.42 ERA, 66 K, 97.2 IP), 1B Carlos Santana (102 R, 28 2B, 1 3B, 34 HR, 89 RBI, .280 AVG, .398 OBP, .527 SLG, .925 OPS), SS Francisco Lindor (93 R, 37 2B, 2 3B, 31 HR, 70 RBI, .292 AVG, .343 OBP, .535 SLG, .878 OPS), RP Brad Hand (6-4, 34 SV, 1.26 WHIP, 3.36 ERA, 81 K, 56.1 IP)
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Numbers
7-5 in their last 12 away games
10-6 in their last 16 games at Progressive Field
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Picks
In this situation of two somewhat even teams, the home team will usually bring superior legal betting value. Additionally, the Indians pitching staff is another advantage in this matchup. Philadelphia has been showing the strain of trying to dig out from a slow start all year. As was previously noted the Indians do well against the Phillies.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Browns 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2