Astros vs. Indians Saturday Prediction
The defending champion Houston Astros are red-hot and following yet another victory on Friday night, they'll look to win their 35th game of the season on Saturday night when they visit the Cleveland Indians again at 7:15 p.m. ET. Will the 'Stros pick up another victory?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 26, 2018
7:15 p.m. ET, Progressive Field
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Astros as a -120 favorite. As of this writing, 58% 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' McCullers' dominates Indians in last start
Lance McCullers was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks over seven shutout innings. McCullers racked up eight strikeouts on the night. The right-hander retired the first 15 hitters that he faced until Jason Kipnis lined a single into right field to lead off the sixth inning. With the victory, McCullers improves to 6-2 on the season to go along with a 3.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 66/23 K/BB ratio across 59 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort on Saturday in a rematch against these same Indians in Cleveland.
Indians' Carrasco pitches well in loss to Astros
Carlos Carrasco pitched well in a tough-luck loss against the Astros on Sunday night, surrendering three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. Carrasco punched out six on the night and issued just one walk. He was involved in a scoreless pitcher's duel with Lance McCullers until Brian McCann launched a two-run homer in the seventh. He departed with a man on third and two outs in the eighth inning, and the inherited runner came around to score right after he departed.
Carrasco now owns a 3.65 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 63/14 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column in a rematch against Lance McCullers and the Astros on Saturday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are now 4-1 in their last five games against the Indians.
The over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams at Progressive Field but the under is 27-11-4 in the last 42 meetings between these two teams overall.
I think the under is a solid bet but I can't pass up on a hot Astros team at such a discounted price. The Astros are 5-2 in McCullers Jr.'s last seven road starts, are 5-2 in his last seven starts overall and are 10-1 in his last 11 outings coming off a quality start in his last appearance. The Indians, meanwhile, are 1-4 in their last five games against the American League West and have dropped seven of their last eight games when facing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600.
The Pick: Houston Astros -120