Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians will take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in a Friday night game. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will be airing this AL matchup.
Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros Odds
Houston (-150) is the favorite against Cleveland (+140) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this one at eight runs (-120 for the over and +100 for the under). This game currently has a runline of Indians +1.5 (-155) and Astros -1.5 (+135).
The Indians are 14-10 SU and have gone 10-13 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline over the early part of the year and 2.2 units ATS. Cleveland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 15-10 SU and 11-13 ATS. The team has gained 0.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 2.3 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.
Astros games have an over/under record of 10-14 so far in 2019. The Indians have an over/under record of 11-12.
Right-hander Corey Kluber will get the start for the visiting Indians. Kluber is 2-2 with a 5.88 ERA and 29 strikeouts. He has yet to face Houston this year, but he did make two starts against the team in 2018, compiling a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
The Astros will put the ball in the right hand of Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.78 ERA, 1.06 WHIP), who’s got 28 strikeouts and eight walks this season. McHugh did not register a start against the Indians in 2018.
Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.43 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 10.64 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.66, along with a WHIP of 1.14 and a K-per-9 of 8.84.
Indians hitters have slashed .210/.303/.326 on their way to 3.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
First baseman Carlos Santana and right fielder Leonys Martin have led Cleveland’s hitters. Santana is slashing .338/.469/.442 with 26 hits, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Martin is hitting .256 with 22 hits, four homers, seven RBIs and 14 runs scored.
For the home team, Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 3.8 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have a 3.97 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.88, a WHIP of 0.99 and a K/9 of 9.8.
The Houston offense is putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 5.7 per game over its last 10 games and 6.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .289/.379/.560 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Outfielders Michael Brantley and George Springer have led the Astros’ hitters so far. Brantley is slashing .323/.377/.531 with five home runs, 18 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Springer’s line is .283/.374/.576 with eight homers, 21 RBIs and 19 runs.
The Indians have gained 1.1 units and are 8-10 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in seven of those games, compared to 11 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 3.6 units and are 7-10 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in eight of those games, compared to nine that went under the total.
Indians at Astros MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER
- The under has cashed in four of Cleveland’s last seven games.
- Cleveland has recorded 21 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19 over its last five.
- The Indians have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
- The Indians have a team OPS of .629 this season and an OPS of .628 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS sits at .845 overall and .806 against righties.