Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians 7-6-18 Series Preview Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians 7-6-18 Series Preview Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (47-39) vs Cleveland Indians (47-37)

Date : 07/06/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : Progressive Field

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Oakland Athletics vs Cleveland Indians

The Indians will welcome the Athletics to Progressive Field as the two teams will go head to head in a 3 game series starting on Friday. The Indians are first in the AL Central division while the A’s are 4th in the AL West. This will be their 2nd meeting of the season, these two teams recently played each other at the beginning of July, the A’s were able to win at home 2-1 the Indians will look to bounce back at home.

Game 1: 7:10 PM ET

Game 2: 4:10 PM ET

Game 3: 1:10 PM ET

Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :

The A’s will begin their 10 game road trip against the Indians in a 3 game series, the A’s will hope that they can replicate their home performance, the A’s are 3rd in the AL West with a record of 47-39 on the season and they are 24-18 when playing on the road this season. Coming into this series the A’s are 17th in pitching with a 4.10 ERA and 10th in batting with 397 runs scored this season. Their bullpen has been dominant this year and they will do all they can to pull off another upset against the Indians. The A’s are the only team in the Majors to be undefeated when leading after seven innings they are 33-0.

Player to watch in this series: Jed Lowrie, he went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday’s 6-2 victory against the Padres. He has been on fire over the past few weeks. Since June 14 he is 24-for-66 (.364) with seven doubles, five homers and 17 RBI across the past 17 games to raise his average from .275 back to .293. I expect him to come through for the A’s against the Indians on the road. Once he is on a roll he is very hard to slow down. 

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Jed Lowrie (59)
  • Homers: Khris Davis (20)
  • Batting Average: Jed Lowrie (.293)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Paul Blackburn, he shut out the Indians for 6 1/3 innings in a victory Friday. He is hoping he can replicate the same performance against the Indians in the series opener. In five starts since coming off the DL, he has allowed one, eight, two, six and now zero runs.

Game 2: Edwin Jackson, he held the Indians to two runs over 6 2/3 innings and was credited with a win on Saturday. He has made two starts for the Athletics now and allowed three runs with 13 strikeouts and no walks in 12 2/3 innings.

Game 3: Frankie Montas, he allowed three earned runs, nine hits and no walk with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a loss against the Indians on Sunday. He will look to rebound in the rubber game against the Indians where he will be facing off Corey Kluber. He is 4-2 on the season with a 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :

The Indians are on the verge of sweeping the Royals, they will return to Progressive Field to take on the A’s once again. The Indians will have to play well at home these two teams recently played and the Indians were on the lost column. They are hoping to turn things around when playing at home. The Indians are on top of the AL Central division with a record of 47-37 and they are terrific at home they are 27-13 when playing at home this season. Coming into this series the Indians are 5th in batting with 424 runs scored this season and 14th in pitching with a 4.92.  The Indians have now struck 2 grand slams in a row.

Player to watch in this series:  Franciso Lindor, he had a grand slam and a three-run homer in the previous series against the Royals, expect him to play well against the A’s at home he will do all he can to win back the series after losing against them at the beginning of the July. He topped his previous high in RBI by two with the two blasts off Jakob Junis. He already has 23 homers this year, and he leads the AL with 73 runs scored while slashing .300/.376/.580 with 55 RBI and 23 homers.

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Edwin Encarnacion (57)
  • Homers: Jose Ramirez (24)
  • Batting Average: Michael Brantley (.305)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Carlos Carrasco, he will make his return to the mound after suffering, an elbow injury, on Friday against the A’s he is 8-5 on the season and has a 4.24 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. 

Game 2: Mike Clevinger, he allowed three earned runs while scattering eight hits over six innings in a win Sunday at Oakland. He is now 7-3 on the season with a 3.11 ERA he gets to play against the A’s again on Saturday. 

Game 3: Corey Kluber, he beat the Royals by allowing three runs over six innings on Monday. He will close things out for the Indians in the rubber game against the A’s. He is now 12-4 with a 2.64 ERA. 

How Oakland Athletics & Cleveland Indians Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Indians are 10-4 in their last 14 overall.

Athletics are 7-2 in their last 9 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.

Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians

My reason for the pick :

The Indians will get their revenge over the A’s at home as they will win 2-1. The Indians are a totally different team at home as they will show us why when they are playing at home you don’t want to bet against them. Although these two just played each other the environment will be totally different when playing in Progressive.  The Indians will be playing without any pressure because they have the AL Central division on lock with a 10 game lead over the second place Tigers. The Indians will remind us all why home court is very important in the Majors.

The Indians get their revenge at home as they beat the A’s 2-1.

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Athletics are 13-3 in their last 16 overall.

Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:

  • Indians are 52-24 in their last 76 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.

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