Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Preview

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The red-hot Cleveland Indians are gunning for their sixth consecutive victory when they play host to the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio is in line to televise this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Oakland (+235) is the underdog against Cleveland (-270) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs (-110 for the under and -110 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at +110 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and -130 for the Indians -1.5.

The Athletics have gone 48-40 SU this year and are 43-44 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 9.8 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 1.1 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 49-37 SU and 41-44 ATS. The teams lost 5.9 units for moneyline bettors and 7.5 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 44-39-2 so far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 42-40-5.

Edwin Jackson will get the nod for Oakland. The right-handed Jackson is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA against Cleveland this year.

The Indians are putting the ball in the hands of righty Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.64 ERA), who has 120 punchouts and 13 walks, as well as a WHIP of 0.87. Kluber has yet to face the Athletics this year, but he made two starts against them in 2017, putting together a 1-0 record with a 2.02 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 3.44 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.97 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

Cleveland’s offense is putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 8.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .322/.401/.523 over its last five games and is 5-0 SU during that span.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led the Indians batters this year. Lindor is hitting .300/.378/.574 with 23 home runs, 55 RBIs, 78 runs and 12 steals, and Ramirez is batting .296 with 24 homers, 59 RBIs, 60 runs and 18 steals.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.66 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.70, along with a K/9 of 8.61.

Athletics hitters have slashed .245/.317/.423 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien continue to lead Oakland’s offense. Lowrie is hitting .290/.358/.496 with 14 home runs, 59 RBIs and 38 runs scored, while Semien is hitting .252/.305/.363 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and 49 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 10.9 units and are 27-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 28 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 11.6 units and are 27-34 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 30 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under.

Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Cleveland has posted 22.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 31.0 over its last five.