Astros vs. Indians Thursday Prediction
The Astros and Indians just played in Houston but now the meetings shift to Cleveland this weekend. Will the red-hot Astros take Game 1 of the series on Thursday night?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:10 p.m. ET, Progressive Field
TV: HOU (ATTH); CLE (STO)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Astros as a -130 favorite. As of this writing, 57% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Astros to beat the Indians on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Astros' Morton strikes out eight in victory over Indians
Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the Astros' 4-1 defeat of the Indians on Friday.
Morton struck out eight in improving to 6-0 this season. Although he's allowed seven homers, he's managed to give up a total of 13 runs -- 12 earned -- in his nine starts. He'll get the Indians again next time out on Thursday.
Indians' Clevinger allows two runs in 7 2/3 to beat Royals
Mike Clevinger held the Royals to two runs in 7 2/3 innings and earned a win on Saturday. He gave up eight hits but scattered them far enough apart to get away with it. He struck out five batters and did not issue a base-on-balls in the quality start. He improves to 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP on the season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 2-6 in their last eight games versus the Indians and have dropped four of their last five in Cleveland.
THe under is 27-9-4 in the last 40 meetings between these two teams and is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings in Cleveland.
I see too much value in a Houston team tonight that is red-hot. Their price isn't bad despite playing on the road and they've been great when Morton starts. They're 11-5 in his last 16 outings, are 5-2 in his last seven road starts versus a team with a winning record, and are 7-1 in his last eight outings coming off five days of rest. The Indians have yet to hit their stride yet this season so I see this as a good opportunity to jump on the defending champs.
The Pick: Houston Astros -130