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Cleveland Vs Atlanta MLB Free Picks

Written by on June 24, 2016

In order to win a division and get into the playoffs, teams need to be able to in on a consistent basis, and that often means taking advantage of teams who are at the bottom of the pack. The funny thing is that the better teams will often struggle against the bottom feeders, often because they head in a little too confident. The Cleveland Indians are having a very good year, and they will be on the road on Monday to face an Atlanta Braves team that is very much in a rebuilding phase. The MLB betting odds would suggest that this is a series that the Cleveland Indians should win without much trouble, but the Braves have been showing some real signs of life over the past week or two. That’s not to say that they are suddenly putting everything together, but it certainly does suggest that they are not a team that should be taken for granted. The Indians are going to have to stay focused if they want to keep setting the pace at the top of the AL Central.

Cleveland Indians Vs Atlanta Braves MLB Free Picks

When: Monday, June 27 at 7:10 PM EST Where: Turner Field, Atlanta Starting Pitchers: Corey Kluber Vs John Gant Radio: WTAM and WCNN MLB Odds: TVA  

Why bet on the Cleveland Indians

There was a feeling that the Cleveland Indians (41-30) might be about to lose their grip on the AL Central when they were swept by the Royals last week, but they have responded in the best way possible. Cleveland swept the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays to win 6-straight ahead of their weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. The Indians now have a 3-game lead at the top of the division, and these types of games against teams like the Braves are the ones that they need to keep winning if they want to stay on top. Cleveland is 18-18 on the road this season, and will be looking to get over .500 on this trip. Corey Kluber (7-7, 3.59 ERA) will get the start for the Indians.

Why bet on the Atlanta Braves

It has not been a great season so far for the Atlanta Braves (25-47), but that isn’t really much of a surprise to anyone that follows baseball. The Braves are in the midst of a rebuild, and seem committed to seeing what they have in terms of youngsters, which by all accounts is among the best in the league. Atlanta fired Freddy Gonzalez a couple of weeks back, and have actually come to life a little in the past couple of weeks. They have gone 7-1 in their last 8 games, and are making a bit of a habit of coming from behind and winning late. This team appears to be creating an identity for itself, and that makes them a little dangerous right now. John Gant (1-2, 4.45 ERA) will be on the mound for the Braves.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Despite the fact that Atlanta are playing some pretty decent ball at the moment, this is still a game that the Indians should be able to win.

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