Indians vs. Astros Prediction
Will the Houston Astros continue their pitching dominance this afternoon when they face the ace of the Cleveland Indians today at 4:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 19, 2018
4:10PM ET – Minute Maid Park
TV: STO (Cle); ATSW (Hou)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -110 to win. Cleveland is listed with a money line of +100 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 7 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 58 percent of the wagers going on Cleveland on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cleveland dips below .500
The Indians fell below the .500 mark on Friday with a 4-1 loss to the Astros in the series opener. The Indians are 21-22 overall with an 8-13 record on the road. The Indians are putting up 4.84 runs per game this season while allowing 4.40 per contest.
The Indians have their ace on the mound today in Corey Kluber. Kluber has started nine games this year and is 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. He has pitched 65.1 innings this season and has 61 strikeouts with 10 walks.
Houston continues to dominate on the mound
The Astros had another dominant pitching performance on Friday, picking up a 4-1 win over Cleveland. The Astros have held their last 10 opponents to 3 runs or less, allowing 2 or less in nine of the 10 games. Houston is now 29-17 overall with a 13-10 record at home. The Astros give up an average of just 2.54 runs per game while driving in 4.65 per game at the plate.
Dallas Keuchel has started nine games this season and has a 3-5 record. He has a 3.10 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP. Keuchel has pitched 58 innings this year and has 45 strikeouts with 15 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians have won nine of Kluber’s last 12 road starts and 11 of his last 15 starts against AL West opponents. However, they are just 2-7 in their last nine road games.
The Astros have won 32 of their last 45 home games and six of Keuchel’s last seven Saturday starts. However, they are just 2-8 in his last 10 starts on five days of rest.
The Astros have been rolling on the mound, but Keuchel has been the one to struggle of their starters. I think he may have a hard time besting Kluber, who has looked like a Cy Young contender again for most of the season. Houston’s bats have gone quiet before, so I could see the Indians picking up a 1-0 or 2-1 win today.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians +100