|Home Team:||CLE Indians|
|Away Team:||CHI Cubs|
The last time Chicago and Cleveland played at Progressive Field was Nov. 2, 2016. It was a Game 7 of the World Series. If you're a baseball fan - you know it was one of the greatest Game 7(s) ever played. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings breaking the hearts of the Indians - the players and the fans alike.
The Indians are second in the majors with a team ERA of 2.57.
4 out of 5 Cleveland's staring pitchers sport ERAs below 2.70: Mike Clevinger (1.75), Corey Kluber (1.96), Carlos Carrasco (2.31) and Trevor Bauer (2.67). But, not today's starter Josh Tomlin (0-2, 8.00).
So, why is Tomlin sent to this game that carries so much historical element for the Indians? Because, first of all - Francona is not an emotional person that cares about media hypes. For the Indians this is just a pain in the butt interleague game stuck right at the heels of the players returning home from Colorado. In addition - there is a practical plan to all this: Tomlin's turn through the rotation was already skipped with Francona running a 4 pitcher system thru two postponments, Corey Kluber already picked up two starts last week -- Tuesday against the Twins in Puerto Rico and Sunday against the Orioles in Baltimore - both wins, very important in the race against Minnesota. So, this is a necessity start with Tomlin while opposite side is occupied with Chatwood, also not the greatest find this season (yet).
So, since we have two loser pitchers opposing each other in a "redemption" game for both - under will be the play here.
Under 9 -110 3 units