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Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/30/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians (44-36) at Oakland Athletics (45-38)
Date & Time Saturday June 30, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics +102 / Cleveland Indians -112 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
STOh, NSCA
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MLB | Cleveland Indians (44-36) at Oakland Athletics (45-38)
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The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The Cleveland Indians look for a victory here after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Indians have won eight straight games when scoring more than two runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 95 hits and 45 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 173 hits and 96 RBI. Adam Plutko gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 4.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s first career game against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 18 straight games. The Oakland Athletics have won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring at least three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 95 hits and 56 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 156 hits and 72 RBI. Edwin Jackson gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Jackson is 9-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Indians are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter, 4-1 in Plutkos last 5 starts on grass and 4-1 in Plutkos last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 games on grass, 40-15 in their last 55 vs. American League Central and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Indians are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 37-16-3 in the last 56 meetings.

We're getting plus money with one of the hottest teams in baseball at home. Jackson was also very solid in his first start of the season, while Plutko has been hit or miss in his 31 innings. The A's have been one of the best teams in the month of June, and you can just see the confidence growing with this young club. I'm buying what I'm seeing. Plus money is hard to turn down with this team in this current form.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +102

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