Astros vs. Indians Friday Prediction
After the Houston Astros took Game 1 of their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, the Tribe will look to even the score when they send their ace to the hill tonight. Will Friday night's matchup turn into a pitcher's duel?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 25, 2018
7:10 p.m. ET, Progressive Field
TV: HOU (ATTH); CLE (STO)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Indians as a -149 favorite. As of this writing, 52% 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' Keuchel allows four runs in five innings in last start
Dallas Keuchel took a loss to the Indians after allowing four runs in five innings on Saturday. He gave up three runs in the first inning -- Michael Brantley smacked a solo dong followed by RBI doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis. All told he surrendered six hits and two free passes while fanning three in the losing effort. He falls to 3-6 despite a fine 3.43 ERA in 10 starts. He will get a do-over next week when he squares off against Corey Kluber and the Tribe again on Friday.
Indians' Kluber strikes out 10 in win over Astros in last start
Corey Kluber held the Astros to two runs in seven innings and earned a 5-4 win on Saturday. Carlos Correa punished him with a two-run homer in the sixth inning but that was all the damage the Indians' ace would yield in the quality start. He punched out 10 batters without issuing a base-on-balls in the contest. He improves to 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 0.84 WHIP after 10 starts. The two-time Cy Young Award winner might make it a trio if he keeps this up.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros have lost 25 of their last 37 meetings with the Indians despite beating the Tribe last night. They're also 6-13 in their last 19 games in Cleveland.
The Indians have won 43 of Kluber's last 59 starts, are 57-27 in his last 84 home outings and have won 21 of his last 26 starts pitched on Friday.
Even though Keuchel didn't look sharp in his last start and Kluber hasn't been the machine that he normally is, this is still the perfect spot to take the under. In the last 41 meetings between these two teams, the under is 27-10-4. The under is also 13-6 in the last 19 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland and is 5-2 in Kluber's last seven starts versus the Astros.
The Pick: Astros/Indians under 7.5