Cleveland is one streaky team, winning many games in a row then spiraling out of control in lengthy losing streaks that never seem to end. They are mired in one right now, but they have a good chance of winning their first game in almost a month against Texas and their terrible starting pitcher.
Match: Texas vs Cleveland
Odds: Bet365 2.35
Cleveland lost seven consecutive games and at a first glance it might seem like they are heading to the eighth defeat, as the Indians travel to Texas. The Rangers have lost the fewest games in American League and have a formidable batting squad, a deadly combination for a team who concedes so many runs. It is not going to be easy for Cleveland to rebound at Arlington Park but they have one reason to be optimistic. The hosts will send Josh Lindblom to the mound and their starting pitcher is simply abysmal.
One explanation for his terrible performance is that he lacks experience in Major League Baseball, as he is playing in the minors for most of the time. The Rangers gave him one chance to prove his worth so far and he blew it by conceding four runs in four innings en route to a 9-2 defeat to Oakland. At least in theory, he should improve his percentage against the Indians who are not a great hitting team, but Josh is under a lot of pressure and could very well suffer another meltdown.
If the Indians fail to win the opening game in Texas, they will need to make another try against a better starting pitcher and that’s not an encouraging scenario. Bet365 offers great odds for an away victory and it is only fair to say that if they hold at 2.35, it is worth rooting for the underdog.