Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (85-77) at Houston Astros (70-92)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Kluber (0-0) (0.00) vs. D Keuchel (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Houston Astros +104 / Cleveland Indians -114 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will battle at Minute Maid Park this Monday Night to kick off their 2015 MLB Seasons.
The Cleveland Indians finished with a strong 85-77 record, however, just missed out on the playoffs as they couldn’t catch the Kansas City of Oakland for the last wildcard spots. Cleveland is a popular surprise team for the 2015 season as they have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. Leading the rotation is the 2014 AL Cy-Young award winner Corey Kluber and one of the better up and coming pitchers in the MLB in Carlos Carrasco. Head coach Terry Franconia utilized his bullpen more than any other team last year, and will once again rely on Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw to close out games for the Indians this season. Offensively, Cleveland will be led by led by Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, and newly acquired Brandon Moss. Although the Indians do have some potential on offensive, it will be import that they stay healthy, which was a major issue for Cleveland last year. Defensively, Cleveland was one of the worst in the game last year as their infield and for them to be able to compete in a very tough AL Central division, it will be important that the Indians limit the mistakes in the field this season.
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The Houston Astros finished with just a 70-92 record and finished 4th in the AL West last season and although their record was still one of the worst in baseball, it was one of the more successful seasons the Astros have had in this decade. Houston has the potential to turn some heads this season and although they might still be a few years away from a playoff contender, they have a lot of young talent which will make Houston an exciting team to watch this season. Houston was very busy this offseason and acquired Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus to help the offensive while also getting Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to provide much needed help in the bullpen. Offensively, Houston will be led by Jose Altuve who had a breakout season in 2014 and one of their best prospects George Springer who hit 20 homeruns last season. Houston has the ability to hit for a lot of power, however, they’ll need to find ways to get on base more this season if they want to improve an offensive was near the bottom of the league in runs scored last season. Houston’s starting rotation isn’t overly strong but they do have two pretty good arms in Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Houston is not going to be such a push-over as they have been in years past, and with the further development of some of their prospects, they will be a force to reckon with not too far down the line.
The Indians are 5-1 in their last 6 road wins and 25-8 in Klubers last 33 starts as a favorite. The Astros are 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 4 Monday games.
This should be a close game and although I do think Corey Kluber is the real deal, I see Houston being able to do enough damage against him to pull off the upset at home in this one. Take Houston to win.