Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/14
Cleveland Indians (76-73) at Houston Astros (67-83)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Corey Kluber (R) (15-9) (2.582) vs. Nick Tropeano (R) (1-0) (3.600)
The Line: Houston Astros +179 / Cleveland Indians -189 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, CSN-HOU
The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros play game two of their four-game series Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Cleveland Indians have lost four straight games and are three games above a .500 record. The Indians pitching staff has been a little shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.64, which is 14th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has 17 hits in his last 10 games and Carlos Santana has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Corey Kluber, who is 15-9 with a 2.45 ERA and has 230 strikeouts in 212.2 innings. Kluber is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career games against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 14 games and are 16 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.23, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Jose Altuve has 15 hits in his last 10 games. Nick Tropeano takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and has five strikeouts in five innings. This will be Tropeano’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 7-1 in Klubers last 8 starts during game 2 of a series and 17-7 in Klubers last 24 starts overall. The Astros are 73-154 in their last 227 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
There's no way I'm paying this much juice, especially with a team that is on a losing streak and has been up-and-down all season. The Astros are playing well lately and are worth a shot at home with the value they're getting.