Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14
Cleveland Indians (77-73) at Houston Astros (67-84)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Carlos Carrasco (R) (4-4) (3.223) vs. Brett Oberholtzer (L) (4-11) (4.858)
The Line: Houston Astros +121 / Cleveland Indians -131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, CSN-HOU
The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros play game three of four on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Cleveland Indians have lost four of their last seven games and are four games above a .500 record. The Indians lack of offense has killed them this month, scoring three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Indians have lost six of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Michael Brantley has a seven-game hitting streak and Jason Kipnis has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.64, which is 16th in the majors. Carlos Carrasco takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 2.86 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 110 innings. Carrasco is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career games against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have split their last 10 games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Astros are also having trouble putting runs on the board, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Astros have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Chris Carter has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Jose Altuve has five hits in this series. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.20, which is 26th in the majors. Starting is Brett Oberholtzer, who is 5-11 with a 4.51 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 131.2 innings. Oberholtzer is 0-2 with a 3.07 ERA in three career games against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-0 in Carrascos last 5 starts during game 3 of a series and 7-17 in Carrascos last 24 starts overall. The Astros are 2-5 in Oberholtzers last 7 starts during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Oberholtzers last 5 starts as a home underdog.
The Astros have been a tricky team this season and usually win when you least expect it. This rubs me as one of those games. Both teams are playing for pride at this point, may as well give Houston a shot at home for the plus money. Besides, Oberholtzer has been solid this season in an underdog role.