The Texas Rangers are hosting the Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball on Opening Day. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The MLB Odds for the game have the Rangers listed as a small favorite to pick up the win.
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The Cleveland Indians are coming off a World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs last year. Their season opens in a tough matchup against a quality Texas Rangers club that is looking to get back to the post season again in 2017.
Yu Darvish is healthy and expecting big things. Last year he was 6-2 at home but had a 4.26 ERA over 57 innings, he allowed eight home runs in that time while striking out 72. He’s faced the Indians in limited at bats (82) and has surrendered 19 hits. Edwin Encarnacion, the prize free agent signing by the Indians, has two home runs and five hits to lead Cleveland against Darvish.
Corey Kluber went 18-9 last season and had a 3.03 ERA on the road covering 16 starts. He held opponents to a .210 average and gave up only eight home runs all season while pitching away from home. Current Rangers are hitting .246 against him in 65 at bats, Adrian Beltre owns four hits in 10 at bats.
The Rangers were 53-28 at home last season. The Indians were solid on the road at 41-39. This should be a good contest and a strong pitching matchup.
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