Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 7/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (49-36) at Cleveland Indians (38-44)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
D Straily (0-0) (7.71) vs. T Bauer (7-5) (3.88)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -145 / Houston Astros +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians continue their series with the Houston Astros at Progressive Field.
The Houston Astros have been the best team in the American League West but the Angels are coming on strong to make the West a two team race. The Astros never got the bats going in a 2-0 defeat at Cleveland for their third loss in four games. In the process a strong effort on the mound from Vincent Velasquez went for naught with both runs plated on six hits and a pair of free passes over 6.1 innings. The Stros mustered six hits and walked twice with Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis both going 2-4. Daniel Straily makes his second start of the season when he faces the Indians on Wednesday. Straily did not get a decision in a 12-8 win versus Boston in his first outing with five runs allowed on six hits and three BB in 4.2 frames.
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The Cleveland Indians appeared to be heating up just before the All Star break but have slowed a bit. The Indians need wins and they need a bunch of them and maybe Tuesday’s victory was the beginning of something good. Starter Corey Kluber was outstanding with five hits and seven strikeouts through 6.2 frames to pick up a rare win. The Tribe didn’t do much at the plate but didn’t need too. Eight hits and two bases on balls produce a Michael Brantley homer and an RBI double from David Murphy that scored Brantley. Trevor Bauer shoots for back to back wins when he opposes the Astros for the second time in 2015. Bauer comes off of a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh with two runs given up on three hits over 6.1 innings.
Houston are 6-2 in their last 8 overall and are 6-2 in their last 8 games on grass while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games. Cleveland are 12-4 in their last 16 Wednesday games an the over is 6-2 in their last 8 overall while the under is 7-2-1 in Bauer’s last 10 on grass. Houston are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and the under is 22-6-2 in the last 30 meetings. I think Houston is the better squad but I think Cleveland is the better choice here…