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Cleveland Indians vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8/20/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cleveland Indians at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 20, 2020 7:05 P.M, ET. This will be the last game of their interleague 3 game series where Cleveland is looking for a potential sweep after taking the 1st 2 games from the Pirates. The Indians are now on a .625 win percentage and are 4th in the American League with a 15-9 record, and are 2nd in the AL Central Division.

Cleveland is now on their 5 straight win while scoring 20 total runs in their last 3 games. It was all Cleveland in game 2 of their series, where they only allowed the Pirates to make their 1 run in the 9th inning. Carlos Santana and Domingo Santana led the team with 3 runs batted in each, with Carlos getting the 3 run homer in the 6th inning. Aaron Civale got the win for the team pitching 9 innings allowing just 1 earned run to improve to 3-2 this season. Jose Ramirez leads the team with 23 hits, 18 RBIs, and 5 home runs this season, while Franmil Reyes has 25 hits and 5 bombs himself. On the offensive side, they are the worst in the league with a team batting average at .202 which is the worst record in the league this season, and their 95 total runs for the season is 24th in the league. Shane Bieber will start for the Indians in the finale of the series.

Cleveland Indians vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 8/20/2020

The Pirates are not doing so well since their return after 4 days of no baseball. They lost back to back games against the Indians and only won 1 game in their last 7. The squad made only 5 total runs in their last 3 games, and were held to only a single run in game 2 of this series. Both squads were tied and made 5 hits each, but Pittsburgh did not create enough offense to make more runs. Josh Bell put Pittsburgh on the board with 1 RBI in the final inning. Dovydas Neverauskas got the loss allowing 3 earned runs in 1 inning pitched. The Pirates are led by Josh Bell and Colin Moran with 15 hits and 10 RBIs each. Pittsburgh is just above Cleveland being one of the worst offensive teams this season with a .213 BAA which is 29th in the league. The Pirates are dead last in the National League with a 4-16 record, and are 5th in the NL Central Division. Trevor Williams will be on the mound for the Pirates in game 3. He is currently 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA with strikeouts this season.

Cleveland Indians vs Pittsburgh Pirates. MLB’s pick for the game will go to the Cleveland Indians -220. The Indians are the favorites in this matchup and it is clear that they own this pitching matchup. Offensive wise, both teams are struggling, but Pittsburgh is struggling with everything all season. They have the worst record in the entire Majors, and the team is not  improving at all. The Pirates only won 2 of their last 13 games and being in the last place in both offensive and pitching statistics, they might be bottom feeders the entire season. Prediction: Indians at 7-1.

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Cleveland Indians vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8/20/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020

TV: ATPT, STOH

MLB Odds: Cleveland Indians -220

MLB Total: 7.5

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