Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The red-hot Oakland Athletics are seeking their seventh straight victory when they play host to the Cleveland Indians at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This AL matchup will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to SportsTime Ohio to catch the game.

Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (+110) is the home-team underdog to Cleveland (-120) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (-110 for the under and -110 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds standing at Indians -1.5 runs (+125) and Athletics +1.5 runs (-145).

The Athletics are 46-38 straight up (SU) and 40-43 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 7.7 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 3.8 units (ATS). Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, have gone 44-37 SU this year and are 38-42 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 8.7 units for moneyline bettors and 7.8 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 41-38-4 so far in 2018. Indians games have gone over 41 times, gone under 37 times and pushed on two occasions.

Right-hander Mike Clevinger is getting the start for the visiting Indians. Clevinger is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 4.05 ERA and seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings).

The Athletics will turn to righty Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68 ERA), who has 22 punchouts and 13 walks as well as a 1.45 WHIP. Montas did not record a start against the Indians in 2017.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have yielded 4.4 runs per game overall this season. The teams starters have an ERA of 4.40, a WHIP of 1.21 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 3.39 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The Oakland offense has put up 4.6 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .267/.323/.459 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien have led the Athletics offense this year. Lowrie is slashing .291/.351/.500 with 14 home runs, 56 RBIs and 36 runs scored, and Semien is batting .249 with seven homers, 31 RBIs, 46 runs and seven steals.

In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.38 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 9.19 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.24, along with a WHIP of 1.12 and a K-per-9 of 8.81.

Indians hitters have slashed .252/.324/.434 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.0 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have paced Cleveland’s hitters. Lindor is slashing .290/.365/.547 with 20 home runs, 46 RBIs, 66 runs and 10 steals. Ramirez is slashing .291/.398/.603 with 24 homers, 53 RBIs, 56 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 13.4 units and are 25-32 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 28 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 9.8 units and are 25-29 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 27 of those games, compared to 25 that went under the total.

Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Both teams have launched 14 home runs over their last 10 games.
  • Cleveland fielders have committed four errors over their last five games, compared to zero errors for Oakland over its last five.
  • The Indians have lost four of their last five games SU.