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Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros - 10/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (91-71) at Houston Astros (103-59)

MLB Baseball: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm (Minute Maid Park)

C Kluber (20-7) (2.89) vs. J Verlander (16-9) (2.52)

The Line: Houston Astros -135 / Cleveland Indians +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB

MLB Friday action features the Cleveland Indians visiting the Houston Astros in game one of their ALDS.

The Cleveland Indians were the odds on favorite to capture another AL Central crown and they didn’t disappoint with a 91-71 record to win the division by 13 games. Cleveland was largely unopposed with no other team in the division sporting a winning record.

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Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros - 10/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indians were led by the third ranked offense that scored 5.05 runs on a .259 BA with a lineup that could hit the long ball (216) or steal bases (135 steals-best in MLB). The Tribe were top ten on the mound as ell with a 3.77 ERA with the starters posting a MLB best 98 quality starts.

Cleveland begins the ALDS at the Astros with Corey Kluber on the hill. Kluber has made 33 starts and has Cy Young type numbers with a 20-7 record and 2.89 ERA.

The Houston Astros did not suffer a World Series hangover and are back to get consecutive championships. Houston won the AL West with a 103-59 record while holding off a strong challenge from Oakland which finished six games behind despite 97 wins.

 The Astros were not as fearsome at the plate as a season ago but the offense was still one of the best. Houston averaged 4.92 runs on a .255 BA and were second in homers with 205. The Astros leaned more on their pitching and the arms responded with a MLB best 3.11 ERA while the top defense in the game made just 63 errors.

Justin Verlander toes the rubber against visiting Cleveland in game one of the ALDS. Verlander has turned in another strong campaign with a 16-9 mark and 2.52 ERA.

Under is 7-2 in Cleveland last 9 playoff road games and Cleveland are 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games and under is 13-5-1 in Cleveland last 19 playoff games. Under is 7-0-1 in Houston last 8 overall and Houston are 21-6 in their last 27 overall and are 16-5 in their last 21 playoff home games. Cleveland are 27-13 in the last 40 meetings.

Kluber versus Verlander is a must see as they face offenses that can hit and score in bunches. Verlander has been absolutely lights out to end the regular season and hopefully he continues to put up zeros…

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