Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Houston Astros -- Over/Under:
The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros meet Thursday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Cleveland Indians look for another win after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cleveland Indians have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than one run. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 25 hits and 13 RBI while Leonys Martin and Jose Ramirez have combined for 37 hits and 15 RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 7-0 with a 3.18 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in their last six games. The Houston Astros have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 29 hits and 18 RBI while George Springer and Josh Reddick have combined for 54 hits and 26 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 5.22 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series, 6-2 in Bauers last 8 road starts and 9-4 in Bauers last 13 starts. The Astros are 20-7 in their last 27 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 48-21 in their last 69 during game 1 of a series. The Indians are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Astros last 4 home games. The under is 14-6-1 in Bauers last 21 starts overall.
Cole is due for a breakout performance after some real struggles so far this season, as this was a pitcher who was lights out last season and had an ERA of 2.99 with an allowed batting average of .188 at home last season. We know what Bauer brings to the table, but there are key Astros who have had success against them and they've hit seven homers in 102 at bats. The Astros are also a tough team to bet against at home when those bats are hot. I have to side with the home team with one of their aces on the hill.