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Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 10/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (105-59) at Cleveland Indians (91-73)
Date & Time Monday October 8, 2018, 1:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cleveland Indians -115 / Houston Astros +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Houston Astros (105-59) at Cleveland Indians (91-73)
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The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians meet in game three of the ALDS from Progressive Field in MLB action on Monday. 

The Houston Astros will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series at home following a 3-1 win in game two on Saturday. Marwin Gonzalez went 4 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Alex Bregman added a solo home run to round out Houston’s scoring in the win. George Springer, Jose Altuve, Tyler White and Josh Reddick each had a base hit as well in the win. Gerrit Cole got the win after giving up just one run on three hits while striking out 12 over seven innings of work, and Roberto Osuna picked up the save by closing out the 9th. Dallas Keuchel will start game three and was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and 153 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Keuchel is 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 38 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday. Francisco Lindor’s solo home run accounted for the lone Cleveland RBI in the loss, while Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera each had a base hit as the Tribe mustered up just three hits as a team in the loss. The rest of the Indians went 0 for 20 with 11 strikeouts in the losing effort. Carlos Carrasco took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits over 5.1 innings of work. Mike Clevinger will start game three and was 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 207 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Houston.

Trends will be updated once they’ve been released. 

Houston has been the better team in the first two games of the series and now get to face a pitcher in Clevinger making his postseason starting debut and hasn’t had much luck against Houston in his career. Keuchel hasn’t been the dominant ace we’ve become accustomed to seeing compared to years’ past and he’s allowed three or more runs in four of his last six postseason appearances, he’s still got the hotter offense behind him, so I’ll take a chance with Houston for the sweep at plus money on Monday.

Houston +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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