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The Oakland Athletics will be facing off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The game gets underway 1:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be televising this AL matchup.

Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Odds

Vegas is listing Oakland (+160) as the underdog to Cleveland (-170). Gamblers can wager on the games total with odds sitting at -105 for over 9.5 runs and -115 for under 9.5. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at -135 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +115 for the Indians -1.5.

The Indians are 49-38 straight up (SU) and 42-44 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.9 units for moneyline bettors and 6.4 units (ATS). Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Athletics have gone 49-40 SU this year and are 43-45 ATS. Overall, the teams accumulated 8.8 units for moneyline bettors, but have lost 2.4 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Indians games have had an over/under record of 45-39-2 so far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 43-40-5.

The left-handed Brett Anderson will get the start for the visiting Athletics. Anderson is 0-2 with a 7.63 ERA and eight strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Indians are putting the ball in the right hand of Shane Bieber (4-0, 2.97 ERA), who has 29 punchouts and five walks this season as well as a 1.38 WHIP. Bieber did not pitch in the majors last season.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.64, along with a K-per-9 of 8.61.

The Athletics offense has slashed .246/.317/.424 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien continue to lead Oakland’s hitters. Lowrie is slashing .291/.359/.503 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Semien (.249/.302/.359) is up to seven homers, 31 RBIs and 49 runs scored.

For the home team, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.39 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.11 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The Cleveland hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 6.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .266/.354/.385 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led the way for the Indians hitters this year. Lindor is hitting .301/.378/.572 with 23 home runs, 56 RBIs, 79 runs and 12 stolen bases, while Ramirez line is .293/.396/.595 with 24 homers, 59 RBIs, 60 runs and 19 steals.

The Athletics have gained 9.9 units and are 27-31 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 29 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve gone under against lefties.

Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • Oakland has logged 18 extra-base hits over its last five games. Cleveland has 14 XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Cleveland has recorded 23.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 24.2 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.