Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics will head east to square off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The game gets underway 6:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will showcase this AL matchup.

Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Cleveland (-150) as the favorite over Oakland (+140). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -110 for over nine runs and -110 for under nine. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at -155 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +135 for the Indians -1.5.

The Indians are 25-20 straight up (SU) and 21-23 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.1 units ATS. The Athletics have gone 22-25 SU this year and are 20-27 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 8.5 units ATS.

Indians games have an over/under record of 18-26 so far in 2019. Oakland has an over/under record of 23-21-3.

Brett Anderson will get the start for Oakland. The left-handed Anderson is 4-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts over five innings).

The Indians will turn to righty Carlos Carrasco (4-3, 4.18 ERA), who has 62 strikeouts and seven walks, in addition to a 1.16 WHIP. Carrasco only made one start against the Athletics in 2018 (1-0, 5.06 ERA and seven strikeouts across 5.1 innings).

Cleveland’s pitchers have given up 3.7 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88, a WHIP of 1.18 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.2. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.91, a WHIP of 1.18 and a K/9 of 8.7.

The Cleveland offense has put up 4.0 runs per contest, including 5.5 per game over its last 10 games and 7.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .274/.384/.512 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Indians’ hitters have been led by first baseman Carlos Santana and right fielder Leonys Martin. Santana is slashing .287/.395/.471 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs and 25 runs scored, while Martin’s line is .230/.312/.388 with six homers, 12 RBIs and 25 runs.

For the visitors, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 7.09 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.11, along with a WHIP of 1.22 and a K/9 of 9.36.

The Athletics offense has slashed .240/.318/.410 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been fueled by shortstop Marcus Semien and right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Semien is slashing .259/.352/.389 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Piscotty is hitting .258/.333/.401 with five homers, 19 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

The Athletics have lost 11.4 units and are 11-21 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 16 of those games, as opposed to 14 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 0.6 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to six that’ve cashed the under.

Athletics at Indians Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in just two of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have a team OPS of .728 this season and an OPS of .702 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Indians’ OPS stands at .675 overall and .662 versus righties.
  • The Indians have won four of their last five games SU.
  • Oakland has posted 22.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.8 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 14 over their last five.