Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (15-13) at Houston Astros (12-20)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Kluber (2-3) (3.35) vs. M Fiers (2-1) (5.35)
The Line: Houston Astros +117 / Cleveland Indians -127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, RTSW
Coming up Monday evening from Minute Maid Park, the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros will tangle in series-opening MLB action.
The Indians just finished up a weekend series against the Royals. Cleveland won the opener 7-1 on Friday, but was then blown out 7-0 in the Saturday game. In Sunday’s rubber match, the Indians eked out a 5-4 victory despite getting out-hit 9-8.
Meanwhile, the Astros played a four-game set against the Mariners over the weekend. Houston won Friday’s game, but dropped Thursday and Saturday’s games by a combined four runs. In Sunday’s finale, the Astros allowed just five hits in a nice 5-1 victory.
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For Monday’s game, the Indians will be going with right-hander Corey Kluber. After a clumsy start, Kluber has calmed down to a 3.35 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and a 2-3 record over 43 total innings in six starts. On Wednesday, Kluber pitched very well on a complete-game shutout against the Tigers, striking out seven with five hits on the day.
Cleveland boasts a pretty capable group of run-producers in their lineup. Francisco Lindor leads the way with 35 hits and 19 runs, while Jason Kipnis has tallied 29 hits with 17 runs. Kipnis came up empty on Sunday, though. Mike Napoli has six homers and 20 RBI but needs to get that .232 BA up. Napoli bashed a solo homer in the Royals finale.
Taking the hill for the Astros on Monday will be right-hander Mike Fiers. So far this year through six starts, a 2-1 record and 33.2 innings pitched, Fiers is sporting a 5.35 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. On Wednesday, Fiers flailed again in a four-run, nine-hit outing against the Twins that lasted just 4.2 innings.
Thankfully for the Astros, they’ve got plenty of capable hitters in their lineup. Jose Altuve has been great on 40 hits and a whopping 30 runs while hitting nine homers with 19 RBI. George Springer is also doing well in 2016, logging six homers and 20 runs. Springer was 0-for-4 with a run on Sunday. Colby Rasmus has found his power stroke on seven homers and 27 RBI, but has a .235 BA. Rasmus was 1-for-3 in the Mariners finale.
The Indians are 0-7 in Kluber’s last seven Monday starts, and 7-19 in their last 26 Monday games overall.
As for Houston, they’re 0-6 in their last six game ones of a series, but 4-1 in Fiers’ last five starts against the American League Central.
I don’t have a whole lot of faith in Fiers these days, so I’ll give the edge here to the Indians. Kluber should be able to pitch well enough to keep the Astros hitters at bay and pick up the victory.