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Moneyline pick, best player prop for Cubs vs. Indians on Monday

We go over some of the best betting options for Monday’s matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

Starting pitcher Aaron Civale of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Progressive Field on June 16, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images

The New York Mets entered this week at least four games ahead of every other team in the National League East and will take on the third-place Atlanta Braves in the second leg of a doubleheader on Monday night. New York has dropped two straight and will look to rebound against an Atlanta side that won three of its four games against the St. Louis Cardinals last week. Here are some of the best betting options for the matchup at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Indians vs. Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET

Moneyline pick: Indians +132

The Cubs lead the National League Central with a 40-32 record but the Indians are no slouches. Cleveland is only 2.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central and will start their best arm. Aaron Civale leads MLB in wins with 10 wins. He’s pitched the fourth-most innings (93) in MLB and boasts a .247 BABIP and 1.06 WHIP. The Cubs have struggled at the plate and have the third-worst team batting average (.226), so we like the odds of an elite pitcher breaking them down.

Player Prop: Aaron Civale O5.5 strikeouts (+118)

Civale isn’t a strikeout artist by any means and has dialed up 71 in 2021. However, Chicago ranks sixth in Ks with 678. Civale has tallied at least six strikeouts in half of his starts this year and five of those performances came against teams with bottom 10 batting averages.

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