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Chicago (-150) is favored over Cleveland (+130)

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  • Tuesday’s pitcher’s duel features the Cleveland Indians Carlos Carrasco taking on Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs.

  • Carrasco has been far better than his 2-4 record indicates while Darvish is 7-2 and a legitimate Cy Young contender in the National League.

  • The Cubs have the advantage in regards to having a more potent lineup, but this figures to be a low-scoring affair nonetheless.

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Cleveland's Comeback Kid

It’s amazing to think that a little over a year ago, Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was battling cancer. Not only did he return late in the 2019 season, but the 33-year-old is putting together an impressive 2020 campaign. Through nine starts, he’s just 2-4, but rocking a 3.12 ERA. Carrasco’s poor record is more of a reflection of Cleveland’s offensive troubles than anything else. For instance, Carrasco allowed one run over 7.0 innings in his last start, but still took the loss in a game that ended 3-0. The righty hasn’t won a game since August 6th; however, he’s giving the Indians a chance every time out, allowing just two runs in 20.0 innings over his last three starts.

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Cy Young Candidate

In 2020, Yu Darvish has continued to atone for a disastrous 2018 season after he first joined the Cubs. Over his first nine starts of the 2020 season, Darvish is 7-2 with a 1.77 ERA. Not only is he poised to be Chicago’s ace in the postseason, but Darvish also has a chance to win the National League Cy Young Award if he can finish the regular-season strong. Of course, there are several outstanding candidates, and Darvish will have to bounce back from one of his worst starts of the season. Darvish struck out nine, but walked three and allowed three runs in 6.0 innings against the Cincinnati Reds last week. That outing could be just a blip on the radar after Darvish won seven-straight starts prior to the subpar outing.

Game Line

Offensively, the Cubs have a distinct advantage over the Indians on Tuesday. As mentioned, the Cleveland offense has struggled to provide support to the team’s entire rotation, especially Carrasco. Nevertheless, a low-scoring pitcher’s duel between Carrasco and Darvish should be expected.

Chicago and Darvish (-150) are favored over Cleveland and Carrasco (+130).

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