Cleveland Indians (43-34) vs Oakland Athletics (41-38)Date : 06/29/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
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Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics
Game 1 of a 3-game set against the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Friday night at 10:05 pm EST. The Indians currently occupy 1st place within the AL Central division while the Athletics are in 3rd place within the AL West division. In their last outing, the Indians were blasted on the road by the St. Louis Cardinals on 6-26-2018 by an 11-2 score. The Cards covered the money line as huge underdogs (+150) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 8 runs for the game. Corey Kluber (11-4) took the loss as he was atrocious in pitching only 1.2 innings while allowing 6 runs on 6 hits, 2 homers, and only 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.54. The Indians’ offense could only muster 6 hits with 2 coming from Lonnie Chisenhall who also had an RBI in the loss. Carlos Martinez (4-4) picked up the victory for the Cardinals as he went 6 innings while surrendering only 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.22.
On the other hand, the Oakland A’s were 9-7 road winners versus the struggling Detroit Tigers of the AL Central. The A’s cashed in on the money line as slight favorites (-120) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs for the game. In this game, Jed Lowrie went 4-4 from the plate with 2 RBI’s while Chad Pinder (1-3) had 2 RBI’s along with Jonathon Lucroy (1-5) also having 2 RBI’s in the win. Frankie Montas did not factor into the decision as he went only 3 innings while allowing 6 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout with an ERA of 3.68 while the other pitcher, Blaine Hardy, was not much better as he pitched 4 innings while surrendering 6 runs on 6 hits, 2 homers, and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.59. This will be the 1st meeting of 2018 against these two squads, however, the A’s have won 4 of the last 7 games while taking the sweep against the Indians on 7-14-2017.
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Cleveland Indians come into this matchup winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. Recently, the Indians would not only sweep a 3-game home series versus the lowly White Sox on 6-20-2018, but, they also would come out on fire against the Detroit Tigers to sweep that series on 6-24-2018 with a huge 12-2 win in the finale. They would, however, come back down to earth quickly as they ran into a buzz saw in the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-game road set as their bats became cold thus causing them to lose the first 2 games of the series by a combined 13-2 score.
For the season, the Indians are averaging 4.95 runs per game (5th) with a team batting average of .254 (8th), 110 homers (3rd) along with 56 stolen bases (5th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94 (13th) with 714 strikeouts (7th), along with 50 quality starts, good for 2nd in the MLB.
Jose Ramirez (.292 BA on 291 AB) and Francisco Lindor (.292 BA on 319 AB) have spearheaded the Indians offensive attack this season. Yonder Alonso (.254 BA on 298 AB) and Edwin Encarnacion (.235 BA on 264 AB) have struggled a bit, yet, continue to be offensive leaders for the Indians. Jason Kipnis (.214 BA on 280 AB) has also struggled thus far in the young season.
Corey Kluber (11-4, 113.1 IP, 34 R, 84 H, 16 HR, 13 BB, 115 SO, 2.54 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (7-5, 107 IP, 36 R, 82 H, 5 HR, 35 BB, 140 SO, 2.44 ERA) have been the most consistent thus far. Mike Clevenger (6-3, 104 IP, 36 R, 89 H, 7 HR, 34 BB, 94 SO, 3.03 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (8-5, 91.1 IP, 44 R, 85 H, 11 HR, 22 BB, 96 SO, 4.24 ERA) have been very solid in their own right thus far in the season and are bright spots for Cleveland’s pitching staff.
Oakland Athletics 's Latest Performance :
The Oakland Athletics have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, the A’s would tie a 5-game road set versus the Chicago White Sox on 6-24-2018 with game 1 being postponed due to weather conditions. They would, however, come out in an offensive high against the Detroit Tigers in a 3-game road set by winning the first 2 games of the series averaging a total of 7 runs per game.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.64 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .243 (16th), 108 homers (5th), along with 15 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.13 (18th) with 599 strikeouts (27th) along with 34 quality starts on the season (11th).
Jed Lowrie (.288 BA on 312 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.253 BA on 245 AB), Marcus Semien (.245 BA on 327 AB), and Matt Chapman (.250 BA on 244 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.242 BA on 289 AB) and Khris Davis (.226 B on 266 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (7-6, 100.2 IP, 40 R, 78 H, 14 HR, 19 BB, 75 SO, 3.40 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (6-6, 90.2 IP, 50 R, 87 H, 15 HR, 19 BB, 55 SO, 4.47 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.
How Cleveland Indians & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Indians are 37-41 ATS while the O/U is 41-35-2. On the other hand, the Athletics are 36-44 ATS while the O/U is 41-34-5.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Pitchers for neither team or matchup have not been named for this series, however, it would be important to note that the A’s had their way with the Indians in their last time out. Combine this with the fact that the Indians are in a bit of a rough spot after dropping 2-stratight, one could surmise that the A’s may once again be getting the Indians at a great time. Also, the Indians are only 1-4 in last 5 road games while the under was 4-1 in those outings. Before the Cardinals series, the Indians were allowing only 1.2 runs per game in their 5 games prior, however, something definitely went wrong at Busch Stadium as the pitching staff cannot seem to find the right area of the strike zone while giving up 15 runs in their last 2. It will be interesting to see how the A’s offense, now averaging 7 runs per game in their last 2 outings, will approach this struggling Cleveland pitching staff. Expect a competitive matchup in this game where both teams will be fighting tooth and nail to get a much-needed win.
Against The Spread Selection: Picks: Game 1, Game 2: Oakland Athletics
My reason for the pick :
Surprisingly enough, the Athletics have really played well against Cleveland at Oakland Alameda in the past. As stated, since the A’s are likely getting a less than consistent Indians squad on Friday night, it is quite possible that with the way there are performing at this point in the season in winning 8 of their last 10, they should be able to sneak out some tough wins against this Indians team that seems to be losing some of their focus lately. In all, I will back the A’s to figure it out against a team that they have dominated at home on Friday and Saturday.
Totals Selection: Picks: Game 3, Game 4: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in 5 of Cleveland’s last 7 game while being the case in 6 of the last 7 for Oakland. Furthermore, as stated, both pitching staffs have giving up some runs lately, which leads me to believe that more runs will be scored over the weekend in game 3 and 4. Again, there seems to be something quite not right about the Cleveland Indians right now, and until they figure things out on offense as well as on the mound, teams will indeed continue to tag them for runs, particularly a team that has 51 runs in their last 7 games.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Betting trends for Cleveland Indians
- The Indians are 10-14 in last 24 road games
- The Under is 7-1 in Indians last 8 road games
- The Indians are 7-1 in last 8 games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics :
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics are 9-14 in last 23 home games
- The Athletics are 10-9 in last 19 games
- The over is 7-2 in Athletics last 9 home games