Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 30, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians +120 / Houston Astros -130 O/U: 8.5
The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians will meet up on the MLB circuit to kick off their series Tuesday.
The Astros just finished up against the Cardinals this weekend. Houston dropped the first game 5-3 but came back to take wins Saturday 8-2 and Sunday 6-2 for a series victory.
In Tuesday’s game, the Astros will go with Justin Verlander in the start. Over his 144.2 innings and 13-4 mark so far, Verlander has a 2.86 ERA with 183 Ks and 31 BBs.
Over on the Indians’ side, they played the Royals this weekend. Cleveland managed wins in the first three games of that set 5-4, 8-3 and 9-1, but couldn’t complete the sweep with a 9-6 loss on Sunday.
For the Tuesday opener, the Indians will send out Shane Bieber as the starter. Across 133.1 innings and a 10-3 record this season, Bieber has a 3.44 ERA with 166 Ks and 29 BBs.
The Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 overall and 4-1 in their last five road games. Houston is 23-5 in Verlander’s last 28 road starts and 51-22 in their last 73 in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 7-1 in their last eight home games and 5-0 in Bieber’s last five starts with five days’ rest. Cleveland is 6-2 in their last eight Tuesday games and 8-2 in their last 10 after an off day.
Verlander has settled in over his last three outings, all quality starts. In that stretch he’s put up a 3-0 mark, 30 strikeouts and four earned over 18.0 combined innings.
As for Bieber, he’s 4-0 across his last six starts and put up a one-hit complete-game shutout in Toronto his last time up.
This should be a really fun pitching matchup and a close game, but I’m going to err on the side of Verlander and the Astros here.