Cleveland Indians (21-21) vs Houston Astros (28-17)Date : 05/20/2018
Time : 4:10 PM ET
Location : Minute Maid Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros
The Astros will welcome the Indians to Minute Maid Park as the two teams will face off in a 3 games series. The Astros are on top of the AL West division while the Indians are on top of the AL Central Division.
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Indians are coming off a six-run shoutout victory over the Tigers, as they prepare himself to face the Astros who are also coming off a shutout victory over the Angels. The Indians are 8-12 when playing on the road this season. Even though they lost the series to the Tigers they still lead the AL Central with a record of 21-21. It will be a tough job for them to hold on to that number one spot because they will be going up against the World Series Champs Astros. The Indians will hope that their bullpen can replicate the performance they had with the Tigers and carry it over when they play the Astros. Indian pitcher Bauer logged eight shutout innings, piled up 10 strikeouts. The Indians are 14th in pitching a 4.06 ERA. The starting pitcher of the Indians has combined to go 17-7 with a 2.81 ERA this season.
Michael Brantley notched his 6th homer of the year, as he went 3 for 5. He singled and scored in the first, drilled a solo home run off Ryan Carpenter in the fifth and singled again in the ninth. He is playing like his own self again after coming back for the DL list. He has .338 batting average with 10 doubles, six homers, and 28 RBI.
Jose Ramirez reached base three times. He was credited with his team-leading 30th RBI when he reached on a first-inning. He is hitting .296 with 13 homers, 13 doubles, six steals, and 28 runs scored. He is having a great year for the Indians he has the potential to become an All-Star for the Indians this season.
Pitching for the Indians will be Carlos Carrasco. He logged a season-high 14 strikeouts while allowing just three runs on six hits in 6 2/3. The complete game was Carrasco’s second of the season, which leads all of Major League Baseball. Carrasco fanned six in a row at one point and also enjoyed a stretch where he retired 10 consecutive batters between the second and fifth innings. He is 2-0 with 22 strikeouts, two walks and no runs allowed in 15 1/3 career innings (two starts) in Houston.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Astros will be back at Minute Maid Park for a 5 game homestand beginning Saturday. The Astros are having a really solid season with a record of 28-17 this season making them the leader of the AL West division. The Astros are coming off an impressive series win over the AL West rivals Angels as they now have a three-game cousin over the Angels. The Astros hasn’t been great at Minute Maid this season they are 12-10.
Justin Verlander is having himself quite a year as he notched his 2,500th career strikeout his seventh of the game. The Astros are the best pitching team in the league for a reason they have quality pitchers that can singlehandedly win you baseball games. Justin took it as a challenge to stop the best player in the Major right now and he surely did. Verlander played in all 9 innings. Verlander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his 15 regular-season starts for the Astros. He has the eighth shutout of his career. Verlander owns a 1.05 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 84/14 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings.
Evan Gattis struck a two-run homer in the second inning. With two outs in the second inning, Josh Reddick reached on an error by Angels’ third baseman Zack Cozart, and Gattis made them pay with a no-doubted to left field. He went 1 for 3, he is slashing .212/.276/.372 with four homers and 14 RBI in 123 plate appearances on the season. He will look to have his ways after his 16 game hitting streak was snapped a night before.
Pitching for the Astros will be Lance McCullers. He will be the pitcher in the series finale against the Indians. He last pitched on Monday against the Angels, when he gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over six innings in a losing effort. He now has an ERA of 3.53 while striking out 58 this season.
How Cleveland Indians & Houston Astros Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Indians are 36-15 in their last 51 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
The Indians will steal game 2 from the Houston Astros as Carrasco will put on a masterful pitching performance by shutting down the Astros batters in this game. This win will allow the Indians to extend their lead in the AL Central. Pitching matchups will be really important as the season progresses. Carrasco will out pitch McCullers as the Indians win on the road over the Astros.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Indians are 2-7 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Astros are 20-7 in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.