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Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
Houston Astros -150 / Cleveland Indians +140 O/U: 8.5
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The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros will be continuing their MLB series on Friday.

In the series opener on Thursday, both teams notched four hits on the evening, but Cleveland scored the go-ahead run in the fifth for a 2-1 win.

For Friday’s game, Cleveland will be sending out Corey Kluber in the start. Across his 26.0 innings and 2-2 record this season, Kluber has a 5.88 ERA with 29 Ks and 12 BBs.

Cleveland’s two runs on Thursday both came via solo home run. Leonys Martin hit the first one in the third and Jake Bauers added the decisive run in the fifth.

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with Collin McHugh in the start Friday. In his 26.1 innings and 3-2 record on the year, McHugh has a 4.78 ERA with 28 Ks and eight walks.

George Springer was the only spark plug for the Houston offense on Thursday, bashing a solo shot in the third. Michael Brantley had two of the Astros’ four hits in that one.

The Indians are 2-5 in their last seven Friday games and 8-3 in Kluber’s last 11 starts with five days’ rest. Cleveland is 59-29 in Kluber’s last 88 starts and 1-4 in his last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 48-20 in their last 68 in game two of a series and 41-19 in their last 60 Friday games. Houston is 9-3 in McHugh’s last 12 starts and 4-1 in his last five Friday starts.

Kluber has been quite erratic (but not awful) this year, with two of his starts going for 13.0 innings, three earned and 11 hits, and the other three starts going for 14 earned on 19 hits in 13.0 innings.

As for McHugh, he imploded in Texas his last time up (nine earned on eight hits in 3.1 innings) but before that recorded three straight quality outings. I think McHugh gets it back here and helps the Astros get a win.

Houston Astros -150

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