Major League Baseball Matchup at a Glance
- Where: Minute Maid Park; Houston, TX
- Date & Time: Friday May 19th, 2017; 7:10pm CT
- Point Spread: Houston Astros -134
- Total: 9
- Quick Pick: Cleveland Indians +114 @ Bookmaker
The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will get together on Friday for the first of a three-game series in Houston. The Cleveland Indians come into the series with a 20-19 record. The Indians are tied with Detroit for second place in the American League Central. The Indians have lost two straight games.
The Houston Astros are the top team in all of Major League Baseball. The Astros hold a 29-12 record, which is 7.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Houston is coming off a 3-0 win over Miami, and overall, they have won four straight games. The Houston Astros are -134 at Bookmaker.
Astros Running away With American League West
The Houston Astros have been running away with the American League West. The Astros have won 4 in a row, and 9 out of their last 10 to lead by 7.5 games. The Astros have outscored their opponents 32-11 in their four-game winning streak. Houston ranks 4th in runs scored, with 211, and 3rd with a .273 batting average.
The Astros offense has been spread out all over the lineup. George Springer is the top power provider, with 9 homeruns, while Brian McCann has driven in 25 runs, and Jose Altuve leads the team with a .311 batting average. The Astros have also been solid on the mound, with the second best earned run average, at 3.41.
Cleveland Looking to Get Back on Track
The Cleveland Indians are looking to get back on track, after allowing 13 runs in the final two games against the Rays. The Indians have struggled at the plate, hitting .241 as a team, and have just 168 runs scored. Cleveland’s shortstop Francisco Lindor is the top power guy with 9 homeruns.
The Indians are also getting a .287 start from their left fielder Michael Brantley, while Jose Ramirez has drove in 24 runs. The Indians pitching is 11th in the league with a 3.98 earned run average on the season. Opponents are batting .241 against Cleveland pitching.
Indians down Astros
The Cleveland Indians are going to win this game on the road. Cleveland, the defending American League Champions have gotten off to a pretty slow start. Look for Cleveland to get on the board early against the Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton. The Indians can hit but have been pretty inconsistent.
The Cleveland Indians are pitching Trevor Bauer in this game. Bauer is 3-4 on the season with a 6.92 earned run average. Look for Bauer to pitch well in this game, despite struggling for most of the season. The final bet for this game is the Cleveland Indians +134 over the Houston Astros on Friday.