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Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (21-21) at Houston Astros (28-17)
Date & Time Friday May 18, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -145 / Cleveland Indians +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Cleveland Indians (21-21) at Houston Astros (28-17)
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The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros meet Friday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Cleveland Indians look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cleveland Indians have split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 55 hits and 27 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 92 hits and 58 RBI. Mike Clevinger gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Clevinger is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look t stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have won sevens straight games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 56 hits and 20 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 93 hits and 55 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Morton is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Indians are 49-20 in their last 69 Friday games, 5-1 in Clevingers last 6 road starts and 11-4 in Clevingers last 15 starts. The Astros are 17-6 in their last 23 Friday games, 8-3 in Mortons last 11 home starts and 4-1 in Mortons last 5 Friday starts. The Indians are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 24-9 in the last 33 meetings and the under is 19-6-2 in the last 27 meetings.

Clevinger has allowed just four runs and struck out 15 batters in his last 15 innings. In 21.2 innings on the road this season, Clevinger has an ERA of 0.83 with an allowed batting average of 099. That's simply unreal, folks. Morton has allowed one or less runs in five of his eight starts overall and has an ERA under two at home this season. This has the makings of an under game despite both offenses being loaded. But in terms of the value and the plus money, it's hard to turn down the Indians and Clevinger. Those road numbers are off the charts. Can't leave that price on the table. 

Cleveland Indians +135

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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