An interleague battle begins on Friday, August 28, 2020, when the Cleveland Indians (19-12) visit the St. Louis Cardinals (11-11) in game one of a three-game series. Cleveland is in second place in the AL Central and trail the Minnesota Twins by just half a game. St. Louis sits in second in the NL Central and are three games back of the Chicago Cubs. This game will air live on FS1 at 8:15 p.m. EST.
The Cleveland Indians continue to win as the team took two of three from the Minnesota Twins midweek. Minnesota won a tight 3-2 affair on Monday, but Cleveland fought back to win game two 4-2. The rubber match saw Cleveland score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to come away with a nice 6-3 win.
St. Louis hosted a quick one-day doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates and came away with two losses. Pittsburgh won the first game 4-3 in eight innings and won the second game 2-0 in the regulation seven innings.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals. All odds are from Bet MGM Sportsbook.
Cleveland Indians (-130) at St. Louis Cardinals (+112)
Pitching Matchup: Triston McKenzie (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.50 WHIP) vs Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-2, 5.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Triston McKenzie was lights out in his MLB debut as the righty struck out 10 batters, gave up just two hits and one earned run in six innings against the Detroit Tigers. It doesn’t get much better than that for a MLB debut, but now it will be up to McKenzie to be consistently good.
Daniel Ponce de Leon has started three games this season, but his work usage has been more of an opener rather than a real started. Ponce de Leon has not gone more than 4.2 innings pitched in a game, has not allowed more than three hits, and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any game this season.
Cleveland has been very balanced at the plate this season as four different players lead the five major offensive categories. Third baseman Jose Ramirez is powering the Indians with six home runs and 21 RBI’s. Right fielder Frammil Reyes leads the team with a .291 batting average, second baseman Cesar Hernandez has a team high 33 hits, and first baseman Carlos Santana leads the way with a .396 on base percentage.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been the offensive fire power for St. Louis this season as he leads the team with a .333 batting average, three home runs, 23 hits, and a .478 on base percentage. Third baseman Matt Carpenter has a team high 12 RBI’s.
MLB Predictions: Give me the St. Louis Cardinals in this one.
2020 Picks Record: 34-22