Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/22/14
Houston Astros (54-74) at Cleveland Indians (64-62)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Brad Peacock (R) (3-6) (5.184) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R) (2-3) (4.499)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -200 / Houston Astros +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, STO
The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series Friday night at Progressive Field.
The Houston Astros have split their last 10 games and are 20 games below a .500 record. The Astros offense has improved during this stretch, producing four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Astros have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Chris Carter has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Jose Altuve has 15 hits in his last 10 games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.38, which is 26th in the majors. Brad Peacock takes the hill, and he’s 3-8 with a 5.47 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 102 innings. This is Peacock’s first career game against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians have won seven of their last 10 games and are two games above .500. The Indians pitching staff continues to carry the way, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.70, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jason Kipnis has a six-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana has hit safely in six of his last eight games. Starting is Carlos Carrasco, who is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA and has 71 strikeouts in 77 innings. This is Carrasco’s second career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 4-1 in Peacock's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-7 in Peacock's last 8 road starts. The Indians are 2-9 in Carrasco's last 11 home starts and 5-14 in Carrasco's last 19 starts overall. The Astros are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland.
Peacock can't win on the road and Carrasco can't win anywhere. Where do you go in this situation? I go with the plus money and more bang for my buck.