Milwaukee Brewers vs Cleveland Indians Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 6)
- Best pitcher in AL looks to get Cleveland the series win
- Milwaukee scrapping for every win as it hovers in final wild card spot
- Indians trying to keep pace atop AL Central
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Brewers vs Indians Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Milwaukee Brewers||+1.5 -121||O 7 -110||+200|
|Cleveland Indians||-1.5 +102||U 7 -110||-235|
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Brewers vs Indians Predictions and Picks
The Indians have gone under the total in seven of the eight starts Shane Bieber has made. He’s held opponents scoreless in five of those appearances. Cleveland is 7-1 on those occasions. That’s enough information for us. We like the Indian’s money line, against the spread and the under – the rare triple dip.
Betting record through 9/4/20 (24-19-1)
Brewers are 4-1 in last five games vs. right-handed starter
Brewers are 6-3 in their last nine vs. a team with a winning record
Brewers are 1-5 in last six road games
Brewers are 5-3 in last eight overall
Brewers are 0-4 in last four during game three of a series
Over is 3-0-1 in last four overall
Over is 5-1-1 in last seven
Under is 20-5-2 in Brewers last 27 interleague road games vs. right-handed starter
Under is 7-2-1 in Brewers last 10 interleague road games
Brewers are 1-4 in last five meetings in Cleveland
Brewers are 2-7 in last nine meetings
Under is 4-0-2 in last six meetings
Indians are 6-2 in last eight interleague games vs. team with a losing record
Indians are 6-2 in last eight interleague games
Indians are 8-3 in last 11 interleague games as a favorite
Indians are 15-6 in last 21 games as home favorite
Indians are 15-7 in last 22 Sunday games
How to Watch Brewers vs Indians
|Brewers vs Indians Information|
|What||Milwaukee Brewers vs Cleveland Indians|
|Where||Progressive Field, Cleveland, IN|
|When||Sunday, September 5, 2020, 1:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Shane Bieber on Cy Young Track
Shane Bieber is the clear Cy Young front runner in the American League. There’s no longer any debate about that. When Bieber is on the mound, Cleveland wins, it’s pretty much been that simple this season.
The Tribe are 7-1 when Bieber toes the rubber, with the lone loss coming in his last outing against the Royals in 2-1 fashion. But that certainly wasn’t his fault – the ace gave up just one hit and no runs in six innings while walking four and striking out nine – as he picked up the no-decision. It was the fifth time in eight starts that Bieber held his opponent scoreless.
Bieber leads the AL in wins at 6-0, leads baseball in ERA at 1.20, strikeouts (84), is second in WHIP at 0.816 and paces all starters in nearly every advanced analytic.
Bieber has been essentially unhittable this year and it’s hard to see that changing on Sunday.
Brewers Fighting for Every Inch
The Brewers have scratched and clawed their way this season into playoff position despite not yet playing good baseball. They gave up a walk-off on Saturday night but had won two in a row and five of their last seven entering that contest.
The Brewers have yet to be a game above .500 at any point this season, yet they’ve been more than two games below .500 in four of their 38 games. Their longest winning streak is three games and the longest losing streak is four, as they’ve essentially alternated wins and losses this entire year.
That’s pretty much how Brett Anderson – the Brewers starting pitcher on Sunday – has been this year. Average, maybe slightly below average, but good enough to be in contention for a win. Anderson is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.36 WHIP but Milwaukee has won each of his past three starts.
Milwaukee has actually been a bit better away from its home state of Wisconsin, going 10-9 in 19 road games this year.
Indians Try to Keep Pace
The National League had four teams above .500 entering play Saturday. The AL Central by itself had three teams more than six games over .500 entering Saturday and the Indians are one of them.
Six teams have win percentages above .500 including the Indians, but the problem for Cleveland is its rivals, the White Sox and Twins, both fall under that category too.
All Cleveland can do is just keep winning, which it has, going 14-6 in its last 20 games behind its dynamite pitching staff. The Indians have given up more than four runs just four times in the last 20 contests.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.