Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 9/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (72-64) at Cleveland Indians (79-56)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
M Fiers (9-6) (4.38) vs. Mike Clevinger (2-1) (5.30)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -125 / Houston Astros +115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros look to build on a big win last night as they continue their road trip in Cleveland against the Indians on Monday.
The Astros look to keep pace in the race for the American League wild card spots as they currently sit two games behind the Orioles and Tigers and with a tough matchup against the Tribe on Monday they will have their work cut out for them. Houston has been making their way back into the playoff discussion since the all-star break after a lackluster first half of the season but if they can get into the playoffs they have the personnel to do some damage and were actually a preseason favourite to win the World Series in some circles. Houston will send Mike Fiers to the mound here as he will take on Mike Clevinger who will be making a spot start out of the bullpen for the AL Central division leading Indians.
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The Tribe look to keep rolling as they are starting to feel some pressure on their heels in the race for the AL Central division crown and while they still have a pretty comfortable edge on the Royals and Tigers they know that both teams are playing some of their best baseball of the season. Cleveland has been one of the best teams in the league this season and have a scary rotation that can match up with any team in baseball but entering the playoffs with some momentum is key for Terry Francona’s guys and a big series here against another potential playoff team would be a nice start.
Houston is 6-1 in Fiers’ last seven starts against the AL Central, 11-4 in their last 15 overall, and 4-1 in Fiers’ last five overall while the Indians are 6-0 in their last six overall, 4-0 in their last four home games against a righty, and 36-15 in their last 51 home games. Houston is the more desperate team but Fiers can be a liability and prone to give up the long ball and I like the home side to get it done with Clevinger on the hill.