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Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/24/14

Houston Astros (55-75) at Cleveland Indians (65-63)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Brett Oberholtzer (L) (3-8) (4.335) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (4-7) (4.567)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -166 / Houston Astros +156 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-HOU, STO

The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.

The Houston Astros have won five of their last eight games and are 20 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.35, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won four of their last six when allowing three or less runs. Jose Altuve has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Robbie Grossman has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Brett Oberholtzer takes the hill, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.01 ERA and has 73 strikeouts in 110 innings. Oberholtzer is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career games against the Indians.

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/24/14

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The Cleveland Indians have won five of their last eight games and are two games above .500. The Indians pitching staff has also been getting it done, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.68, which is 16th in the league, and they’ve won seven of their last eight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Carlos Santana has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Yan Gomes has nine hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Trevor Bauer, who is 4-7 with a 4.41 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 112.1 innings. This is Bauer’s first career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 3-7 in Oberholtzers last 10 road starts and 6-1 in Oberholtzers last 7 starts overall. The Indians are 4-1 in Bauers last 5 home starts and 7-3 in Bauers last 10 starts overall. 

There's no way I'm paying that price for the Indians, especially when Oberholtzer has been pitching pretty well lately. Give me the Astros on the road given the value. 

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