Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (0-1) at Houston Astros (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Carrasco (0-0) (0.00) vs. S Feldman (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Houston Astros +102 / Cleveland Indians -112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros look for consecutive victories versus the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park.
The Cleveland Indians seemed to have most of the advantages on paper in their season opener at Houston but the offense stalled and a great performance on the mound went for naught. The Indians fell to the Astros 2-0 on Monday with starter Corey Kluber being the hard luck loser with both runs allowed on three hits and a pair of free passes with seven strikeouts over 7.1 innings of work. The bats struggled to three hits and a trio of free passes with Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall rapping singles. Reliever and part time starter Carlos Carrasco begins 2015 in the rotation after 40 appearances including 14 starts a year ago. Carrasco was 8-7 with a save with a 2.55 ERA in 134 innings.
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The Houston Astros were hoping for a hot start to the new season and for one game their wish was granted although the offense didn’t do much in Monday’s 2-0 decision versus visiting Cleveland. Fortunately not much offense was needed with Dallas Keutchel bringing his ‘A’ game to the mound. Keutchel gave up three hits and three bases on balls through seven scoreless innings with Tony Sipp and Luke Gregerson tossing shutout innings. The bats posted three hits and walked twice with George Springer singling in a run while Jake Marsinick connected on a sacrifice fly. Veteran Scott Feldman begins his second season in the Houston rotation when he faces the Indians on Wednesday. Feldman was 8-12 with a 3.74 ERA over 180.1 innings pitched.
For Cleveland Under is 35-16 in the last 51 games as a favorite and is 32-15 in their last 47 overall while going under is 32-15 in Cleveland’s last 47 on grass. For Houston the under is 20-6-1 in the last 27 overall and is 20-6-1 in Houston’s last 27 on grass while the Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog. Head to head the under is 20-5-2 in the last 27 meetings while Cleveland is 11-3 in the past 14 meetings. Both pitchers have thrown well in this match up but I’ll side with who I believe is the better squad…