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Astros vs. Indians - 4/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (0-1) at Houston Astros (1-0)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Trevor Bauer (0-0) vs. Asher Wojciechowski (0-0)

The Line: Houston Astros +110 / Cleveland Indians -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland) / Root Sports (Houston)

The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will wrap up their three-game series this Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The Cleveland Indians used a strong pitching performance from one of their young guns, Carlos Carrasco, and Terry Franconia utilized his strong bullpen as the Indians defeated the Astros 2-0 on Wednesday night. Carlos Carrasco ended 2014 pitching some of the best baseball of his career and looks as if he is poised to have a big year after he went 6.1 innings while giving up just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 10. The Cleveland Bullpen, which was utilized by Terry Franconia more than other bullpen in the majors last year, was solid as they went a combined 3.2 innings pitched while giving up no runs on 1 hit and 2 walks. Cody Allen earned his first save of the season as he shut down the Astros in order in the 9th while striking out two. Offensively, leading the way for Cleveland was Carlos Santana who went 1-4 with a solo home run and Mike Aviles (2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR).

Astros vs. Indians - 4/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros were one of the worst teams in the MLB last year when it came to strikeouts last year (ranked 29th with 8.90 strikeouts per game) and against struggled putting the ball in play in this one as they struck out 13 times in the loss. Offensively, the Astros were led by Jed Lowrie (2-3, 2 1B, 1 SB) and Jason Castro (1-2, K, 2 BB). The heart of the Astros line-up struggled as they went a combined 0-12 with 8 K’s. Houston was 0-5 with RISP). On the mound for the Astros was Scott Feldman who was very solid going 6.2 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 5. Feldman’s only mistake of the day came off the solo home run he gave up to Carlos Santana. Houston’s best opportunity came in the 7th inning as they had runners on 1st and  2nd with one out, however, Mike Rzepczynski was able to get Colby Rasmus to ground into a n inning ending double play.

The Indians are 10-1 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite and 40-84 in their last 124 during game 3 of a series.

The Cleveland Indians will send Trevor Bauer to the mound who was 5-8 in 26 games last year while compiling a 4.18 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Bauer has the potential to be a very good mid-rotation pitcher for the Indians year as long as he can be consistent to what he brings to the mound which has always been in issue with Bauer in the past. Houston will be sending Asher Wojciechowski who will be making his major-league debut after earning a spot in the Astros starting rotations out of spring ball. Wojciechowski has battle injuries throughout his career and has struggled against lefties in the minors.

Although Houston does have the talent to win more games than we have become accustomed to over the past few year, this is a match-up in which Trevor Bauer is the far superior pitcher compared to Asher Wojciechowski. I think this has the potential to be a high scoring game and I’m going to take Cleveland and the over in this one. 

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Cleveland Indians -120 / Over 8.5

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