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Cardinals Looking to Build Off Split in Milwaukee

The Cleveland Indians head on the road this Monday night for Game 1 of a three-game inter-league tilt at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cleveland is a -123 favorite with the total set at 8.

St. Louis split an extended four-game series against Milwaukee this weekend by winning the last two games. The total went OVER 8.5 runs in Sunday’s 8-2 victory as a +112 road underdog. They have gone OVER in four of its last seven games. The Cardinals are now 40-36 overall.

They are now 4.5 games in back of the Brewers for first place in the NL Central Division race. They are 21-18 at home this season, but just 2-4 in their last six home games.

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It looks like the Cardinals are going with John Gant as their starter for Monday night. The right-hander will be making his fourth start of the season after also pitching out of the bullpen. Through 26 2/3 total innings pitched, he has a 4.39 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP.

He has failed to pitch into the sixth inning in any of his first three starts this season.

Indians Going for 8th Straight Win Tonight

Look for Mike Clevinger to get the start for the Indians in this series opener. The right-hander is 6-2 on the year through 15 previous starts. His current ERA stands at 3.00 with a 1.16 WHIP after holding the White Sox to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched last Tuesday.

Cleveland has now won three of its last five games with Clevinger on the mound.

The Indians bring a seven-game winning streak into Monday’s contest. The streak includes three-game sweeps at home against the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers in their last two series.

The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 9.5-run line in Sunday’s 12-2 romp against the Tigers. The Indians were -162 home favorites and it has gone OVER in four of their last five games.

Cleveland (43-33) is now eight games up on Minnesota and Detroit in the AL Central. They still have a 16-20 losing record on the road.

The lean in this one is towards the Indians as favorites on the road. However, my ‘best bet’ pick is the OVER 8.5 on BetAnySports’ total line with both teams scoring some runs on Monday night.

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