Cleveland Indians (45-42) vs. Oakland Athletics (52-40)
July 16, 2021 9:40 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics -205 / Cleveland Indians +188; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. The Indians need a win after losing 11 of their last 15 games. The Athletics look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Cleveland Indians have scored 23 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Indians have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 76 hits and 52 RBI while Amed Rosario and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 151 hits and 63 RBI. Eli Morgan gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 8.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Morgan’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Athletics have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 88 hits and 59 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Elvis Andrus have combined for 151 hits and 63 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 10-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Athletics are 18-8 in their last 26 games as a favorite and 9-2 in their last 11 games following an off day. The over is 3-1-1 in Indians last 5 road games. The under is 4-1 in Athletics last 5 overall. The Indians are 20-43 in the last 63 meetings in Oakland and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
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The Indians entered the break ice cold and now start the second half with a shaky at best pitcher in Morgan. The Athletics have played their best baseball at home and Bassitt has been nothing but money this season. The only option for me is take the A’s at home, and of course I lay the RL for max betting value.