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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Tuesday May 21, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics +126 / Cleveland Indians -137 -- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
NSCA, STOh
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The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians meet Tuesday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Athletics have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 49 hits and 21 RBI while Stephen Piscotty and Matt Chapman have combined for 94 hits and 46 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cleveland Indians have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 46 hits and 27 RBI while Leonys Martin and Jose Ramirez have combined for 70 hits and 27 RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 42-12 in their last 54 vs. American League Central, 2-6 in Bassitt's last 8 starts with 4 days of rest and 6-2 in Bassitt's last 8 starts on grass. The Indians are 10-3 in their last 13 Tuesday games, 39-16 in Bauer's last 55 starts with 4 days of rest and 18-8 in Bauer's last 26 home starts. The Athletics are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the Indians are 1-4 in Bauer's last 5 starts vs. Athletics. The over is 5-2 in Bauer's last 7 starts overall. The over is 21-10-1 in Athletics last 32 road games.

Bauer has been shaky at best lately, allowing 17 hits and 14 earned runs in his last 17 innings, which comes out to a 7.41 ERA in his last three starts. I don't want to see those numbers when going up against a talented A's lineup that's swinging a hot bat at the moment. Bassitt is coming off an eight-inning shutout over the Detroit Tigers and has allowed just seven runs in 32.2 innings this season with a .179 batting average. Based on Bauer's issues as of late, getting Oakland at plus money feels tough to pass up.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +126

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