Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros Free Pick

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The Houston Astros will play host to the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. This AL matchup will get underway at 8:10 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to ATTSN Southwest.

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros Odds

The Indians are 13-10 SU and have gone 9-13 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 3.5 units ATS. The Astros, on the other hand, are 15-9 SU and 10-13 ATS. They’ve lost 0.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.3 units ATS.

Astros games have an over/under record of 10-13 so far in 2019. Cleveland has an over/under record of 11-11.

Trevor Bauer is getting the start for Cleveland. The right-handed Bauer (2-1, 2.20 ERA) has racked up 42 strikeouts in 32.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Astros this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-0, 4.91 ERA and 13 strikeouts over seven and one-third innings).

The Astros are handing the ball to righty Gerrit Cole (1-3, 5.22 ERA), who has 44 strikeouts and nine walks, along with a 1.19 WHIP. Cole only made one start against the Indians in 2018 (0-0, 3.86 ERA and eight strikeouts across seven innings).

As a unit, Houston’s pitchers have given up 3.8 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 4.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.96, a WHIP of 1.00 and a K/9 of 10.0.

Houston’s hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .314/.385/.611 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Astros’ batters have been led by Michael Brantley, who is hitting .315/.373/.533 with five home runs, 18 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 11.10 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.70, along with a K/9 of 8.84.

The Indians offense has slashed .213/.307/.326 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Carlos Santana has sparked Cleveland’s hitters and is hitting .338/.467/.446 with 25 hits, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

The Indians just got a 6-2 victory over the Marlins, while the Astros are coming off of a 7-1 win against the Twins.

Indians at Astros MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Indians have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • The Indians have an OPS of .633 this season and an OPS of .632 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .855 overall and .813 against righties.
  • Houston has posted 24.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 29.2 over its last five.