Athletics vs. Indians Prediction
Are the Cleveland Indians favored too heavily when they play host to the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at 4:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, July 7, 2018
4:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: STO (Cle); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -270 to win. The Athletics are getting a money line of +230 to win, while the over/under total for the contest is set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 69 percent going on Cleveland 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.
Athletics drop opener
The Athletics had been doing quite well lately, but they suffered a 10-4 loss in the series opener on Friday. Oakland’s last two losses have been to Cleveland by a combined score of 25-7. The Athletics are now 48-40 overall and 24-19 on the road. Oakland is averaging 4.60 runs per game this season while allowing 4.51 per contest.
Edwin Jackson gets the start for the Athletics today. He has started two games and is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.63 WHIP. Jackson has faced the Indians and the Tigers and allowed three runs over 12.2 innings with 13 strikeouts and no walks.
Indians hot as well
The Indians claimed their fifth straight victory on Friday with the 10-4 win over Oakland. Cleveland is 49-37 overall and 28-13 at home. The Tribe are putting up 5.08 runs per game this season while allowing 4.14 per contest.
Corey Kluber gets the start for the Indians this evening. He has started 18 games this season and has a 12-4 record with a 2.64 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Kluber has logged 119.1 innings this year and has 120 strikeouts and 13 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have still won four of their last five road games and eight of their last 10 overall. They also have won 42 of their last 59 against AL Central opponents.
The Indians have won 47 of their last 64 home games and they are 40-15 in their last 55 home games against a right-handed starter.
The Indians are always heavily favored when Kluber is on the mound. However, Jackson has looked pretty good in his two starts. That includes a strong effort against Cleveland already. Oakland has given up a lot of runs to Cleveland in the last two meetings, but I think Jackson can put an end to that. Given the lopsided odds, I am going to take my chances on Oakland.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics +230