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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Monday May 20, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians -172 / Oakland A's +150 -- O/U: 8
TV Channel
SportsTime Ohio
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The Oakland A’s and the Cleveland Indians meet in game one of a three game MLB set from Progressive Field in baseball action on Monday evening.

The Oakland A’s will look to keep their momentum going despite their series finale against Detroit being suspended in the 7th inning. Stephen Piscotty had a double and three RBIs while Marcus Semien had a triple, a double and an RBI. Chad Pinder had an RBI to finish off Oakland’s scoring up to that point, while Ramon Laureano had two hits. Jurickson Profar, Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each had base hits as well. Mike Fiers gave up three runs on four hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Brett Anderson will start game one and is 4-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to keep their own ball rolling after a 10-0 win over Baltimore in the finale of their four game series on Sunday. Carlos Santana and Mike Freeman each had two RBIs with Santana homering while Freeman had a pinch-hit double. Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez, Roberto Perez and Oscar Mercado each had RBIs as well in the win with Mercado adding a double. Francisco Lindor went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Leonys Martin had a pair of hits with a double of his own and Jason Kipnis added a base hit as well in the victory. Shane Bieber got the win after tossing a complete game shutout, improving to 3-2 after allowing just five hits while striking out 15 in the victory. Carlos Carrasco will start game one and is 4-3 with a 4.18 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 52 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 2-9 in Anderson’s last 11 road starts and 4-11 in their last 15 road games while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 Monday games. Cleveland is 22-8 in Carrasco’s last 30 home starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 9-2-1 in their last 12 games against the AL West. Cleveland is 4-1 in Carrasco’s last 5 starts against Oakland.

Anderson has had a lot of success in his career against the Indians, going unbeaten with a sub-one ERA. However, Anderson has also given up at least four runs in three of his last four starts, including four runs in six innings in back-to-back starts. Carrasco has had plenty of success in his career against the A’s in his own right, and is riding back-to-back shutouts spanning 12 innings as part of shutouts in four of his last six starts. Oakland got back on track against Detroit, but Cleveland is a big step up in competition, so I’ll side with Cleveland to draw first blood in game one on Monday.  

Pick:
Cleveland -172

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