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Indians vs. Astros - 7/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (49-37) at Cleveland Indians (39-44)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

C McHugh (9-4) (4.21) vs. Cody Anderson (1-1) (0.76)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -120 / Houston Astros +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians end their four-game series Thursday night.

The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Astros have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 95 hits and 36 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 89 RBI. The Houston Astros have lost six of their last nine road games. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he’s 9-4 with a 4.54 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

Indians vs. Astros - 7/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Indians have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 111 hits and 36 RBI while Michael Brantley and Brandon Moss have combined for 89 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have split their last 10 home games. Cody Anderson takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 17-35 in their last 52 Thursday games and 6-14 in their last 20 road games. The Indians are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 4-9 in their last 13 games as a home favorite. The Astros are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland and 4-14 in the last 18 meetings overall.

In a toss up game that could really go either way, I'm going to side with the better club and the plus money. I simply have more confidence in the Astros in this spot. 

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Houston Astros +110

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