Indians at Cubs 5/22/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:12 PM ET

Indians at Cubs 5/22/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

In Tuesday night MLB action on ESPN, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs will begin a two-game interleague set from Wrigley Field. The Indians lost two out of three in Houston over the weekend and are a game below .500 overall. Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez leads the club with 13 home runs and 31 runs batted in.

Twenty-seven year old righty Trevor Bauer (3-3 2.59 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians in this matchup. Last time out, Bauer struck out 10 batters in eight innings during a 6-0 victory at Detroit. The Chicago Cubs took three out of four in Cincinnati over the weekend and are six games above .500 overall. On Sunday, the Cubs blasted three home runs in support of Yu Darvish’s first win during a 6-1 triumph over the Reds. Chicago ranks second in team ERA and is 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for the NL Central Division lead.

Chicago skipper Joe Maddon will turn to righty Tyler Chatwood (3-3 3.14 ERA) in the series opener. Control has been an issue for Chatwood, who has walked 34 batters in his first 43 innings of work.

Cleveland OF Bradley Zimmer is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a left rib contusion. Through 45 games, Cleveland ranks 14th in batting average and 10th in runs scored. For the season, Chicago ranks 6th in batting average and 4th in runs scored. Take Cleveland to win the rematch of the 2016 World Series. Final Score Prediction, Cleveland Indians win 5-3.

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