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Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/23/14

Houston Astros (55-74) at Cleveland Indians (64-63)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Collin McHugh (R) (6-9) (3.000) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (4-6) (4.788)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -165 / Houston Astros +155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Cleveland Indians look to make an improbable run back to the postseason as they host the Houston Astros for game two of a three game weekend series at Progressive Field.

The Houston Astros have been out of the postseason mix for the majority of the season but they refuse to quit as evidenced by last night’s 5-1 win in Cleveland.  Brad Peacock pitched five innings allowing just one run on two hits and the bullpen combined for four more innings of shutout ball after that.  The Astros bats tallied just three hits on the night but thanks to a couple of errors and four free passes Houston converted their chances into five runs as Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Jon Singleton added a three run shot.

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/23/14


The Astros will look to play spoiler again on Saturday night as Colin McHugh takes the mound in the midst of a dominant stretch in August.  McHugh has posted a 1.42 ERA across four starts in August, pitching at least six innings and allowing exactly one earned run each time out.  For the season McHugh has a WHIP of 1.10 and ERA of 3.00 while compiling a 6-9 record; he has yet to face the Indians this season.

The Cleveland Indians were sellers at the trade deadline and in a sense waved the white flag on contention this season, but really they’re still in the mix to earn a Wild Card spot again this year despite the remote probability.  The Indians really couldn’t afford to lose a home game to the Astros last night as the offense was ice cold mustering just one run on four hits.  Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco actually pitched well allowing just one run on two hits over six innings, but Cody Allen was tagged with the loss allowing four runs in the ninth inning.

The Indians will look to rebound behind Danny Salazar in Saturday night’s game.  The 24 year old righty Salazar has had mixed success over 13 starts this season as he enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.46 and ERA of 4.79 while owning a record of 4-6.  Salazar has yet to face the Astros this season but has fared better at home on the year with an ERA of 3.90 over six starts at Progressive Field.

The Indians are hefty favorites in this one but I fail to see why. Take the big odds on the visitor before they drop.

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