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Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 9/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (74-64) at Cleveland Indians (79-58)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Progressive Field)

David Paulino (0-0) (0.00) vs. T Bauer (10-6) (3.70)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -156 / Houston Astros +146 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Thursday from Progressive Field, the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians will be finishing up their MLB series. 

This will be game four of the set. The Astros took both Monday and Tuesday’s games, and on Wednesday the Indians managed a 6-5 victory. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 9/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Thursday’s game, the Astros will be rolling out right-hander David Paulino for the start. This will be Paulino’s debut, and he’s put up a nice 2.00 ERA with a 10.6 K/9 average in 90 innings of work in the minor leagues. Houston has high hopes on Paulino, so we’ll get to see what he’s got in this one. 

The Astros have some interesting hitters on their roster. Jose Altuve has put up 189 hits with 96 runs, 22 homers and 92 RBI. Carlos Correa has totaled 140 hits with 68 runs and 90 RBI, but is banged up right now. George Springer is sitting on 142 hits with 105 runs, 26 homers and 75 RBI. 

Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Trevor Bauer on Thursday. Over 30 games (23 starts), Bauer holds a 10-6 record with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 160.1 innings. In his last start against the Marlins, Bauer bagged a win with 8.1 innings, four hits and three runs. 

Cleveland has a nice handful of hitters up top. Francisco Lindor has 172 hits with 89 runs and 66 RBI. Jason Kipnis holds 149 hits with 80 runs, 22 homers and 76 RBI. Mike Napoli is sitting on 122 hits with 83 runs, 31 homers and 92 RBI. 

The Astros are 23-47 in their last 70 Thursday games, and 4-10 in their last 14 game fours of a series. Houston is also 8-4 in their last 12 road games, and 13-5 in their last 18 overall. 

As for the Indians, they’re 20-7 in their last 27 Thursday games, and 1-4 in Bauer’s last five Thursday starts. Cleveland is also 5-1 in Bauer’s last six starts overall, and 4-1 in Bauer’s last five starts with four days’ rest. 

I like the way the Astros are playing right now, and I don’t think Cleveland will be able to keep up as long as Paulino can deliver a decent start. I’ll take Houston.

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