Athletics at Indians - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (47-55) at Cleveland Indians (57-42)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
K Graveman (7-6) (4.15) vs. T Bauer (7-4) (3.65)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Oakland Athletics look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 90 hits, Jed Lowrie has 26 RBI and Danny Valencia has 13 home runs. Kendall Graveman gets the nod, and he’s 7-6 with a 4.15 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Indians have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.65 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 117 hits, Jason Kipnis has 52 RBI and Carlos Santana has 21 home runs. Trevor Bauer takes the hill, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. This will be Bauer’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 8-0 in Gravemans last 8 starts. The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 4-1 in Bauers last 5 starts vs. American League West. The Athletics are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland.
The A's are playing some great baseball in the second half and the offense is red hot. However, the Cleveland Indians are the better team here and have the pitching advantage as well. I have to side with the home team here.