Indians vs. Astros Prediction
Who will close out the featured weekend series between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros with a win tonight at 8PM ET? Here’s our pick for the contest.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, May 20, 2018
8PM ET – Minute Maid Park
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. Cleveland is listed with a money line of +120 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 58 percent of the wagers going on Houston at home. 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 bounces back
Cleveland bounced back from Friday’s 4-1 loss by earning a 5-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday. The Indians are 22-22 overall with an 9-13 record on the road. The Indians are putting up 4.84 runs per game this season while allowing 4.39 per contest.
Carlos Carrasco will get the start on the mound for the Indians tonight. Carrasco has started nine games this season and has a 5-2 record with a 3.66 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He has pitched a total of 59 innings this season and has 57 strikeouts with 13 walks.
Houston finally falters on the mound
Houston had its three-game win streak come to an end on Saturday in the 5-4 loss. It was the most runs the Astros had given up since May 3. Houston is now 29-18 overall with a 13-11 record at home. The Astros give up an average of just 2.60 runs per game while driving in 4.64 per game at the plate.
Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros tonight. He is making his 10th start of the season and has a 5-2 record with a 3.63 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. McCullers has pitched a total of 52 innings and has 58 strikeouts with 21 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians are just 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 2-5 in their last seven against a right-handed starter. They also have lost eight of their last 11 against a winning team.
The Astros have won six of their last seven after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game and they have also won 56 of their last 83 after a loss.
Houston sent its most inconsistent starter to the mound on Saturday and the team still gave up just five runs and only lost by one against Corey Kluber. I think it’s a loss that won’t do much long-term impact. I expect McCullers to get Houston back on track and pitch the Astros to another win over the inconsistent Indians.
The Pick: Houston Astros -130