Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros are playing host to the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the MLB Divisional Playoffs. The Astros currently own a 1-0 lead in the series, and the matchup will be televised on TBS. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:37 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros Odds

Factoring in the regular season, the Indians have gone 91-72 SU this year and are 76-86 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 24.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 22.1 units ATS. The Astros, on the other hand, are 104-59 SU and 83-79 ATS. The team’s lost 2.7 units for moneyline bettors and 5.6 units ATS.

Astros games have an over/under record of 70-84-8 in 2018. The Indians have an over/under record of 77-75-10.

Carlos Carrasco will get the start for the visiting Indians. The right-handed Carrasco (17-10, 3.38 ERA) has recorded 231 punchouts in 192 innings so far. He’s 1-1 with 14 strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Houston this year (two starts).

The Astros are preparing to start righty Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.88 ERA), who has 276 strikeouts and 64 walks, as well as a 1.03 WHIP. Cole is 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA in one start against Cleveland this year.

Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.41 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.63 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.63, along with a K-per-9 of 9.23.

The Indians offense has slashed .258/.333/.433 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is hitting .277/.351/.517 with 38 home runs, 92 RBIs, 130 runs and 25 steals. Brantley (.309/.365/.468) is up to 17 homers, 76 RBIs and 89 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Houston’s pitchers have given up 3.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.16, a WHIP of 1.12 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.4. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.00, a WHIP of 1.05 and a K/9 of 10.5.

Houston’s offense is putting up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .231/.313/.444 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Astros’ batters have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is hitting .288/.396/.538 with 32 home runs, 105 RBIs and 106 runs scored, and Altuve’s line is .316/.385/.455 with 14 homers, 62 RBIs, 85 runs and 17 steals.

The Astros are coming off of a 7-2 win in Game .

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • Each teams has logged 14 extra-base hits over its last five outings.
  • The Astros have won four of their last five games SU.
  • Houston has recorded 21.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.4 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 15 over their last 10.