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Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians Matchup 05/24/18

The Houston Astros will pay a visit to Cleveland to play the Indians at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio is in line to showcase this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

The Astros are 32-18 SU and are 27-22 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the season’s early going, despite having gained 3.0 units ATS. Houston’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 24-23 SU and 19-27 ATS. The team’s lost 10.9 units for moneyline bettors and 11.4 units ATS. Cleveland has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 24-21-1 so far in 2018. The Astros have been a decent under bet with a total record of 16-30-3.

Right-hander Charlie Morton will get the nod for the visiting Astros. Morton is 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 70 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA against Cleveland this year.

The Indians are sending righty Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA) to the mound. Clevinger has 50 punchouts and 18 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.16 WHIP. Clevinger is 0-1 with six strikeouts and a 4.26 ERA in one start against Houston this year.

Houston’s pitching staff allowed 2.5 runs per game and its starters own a 2.25 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10.63 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 2.76, along with a WHIP of 0.94.

The Astros offense has slashed .256/.333/.411 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder George Springer have led Houston’s hitters. Altuve is slashing .313/.365/.413 with 63 hits, 22 RBIs and 25 runs scored, while Springer has a .294 average with 57 hits, 10 homers, 31 RBIs and 36 runs scored.

Altuve enjoyed hitting against right-handed pitching on the road last season. Across 248 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .393/.460/.680 (compared to his total season line of .345/.409/.547).

In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have a 3.28 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.51 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

Cleveland’s hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .232/.311/.354 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led the Indians’ hitters so far. Lindor is hitting .306/.380/.571 with 12 home runs, 27 RBIs, 38 runs and five steals, while Ramirez’s line sits at .296/.391/.609 with 14 homers, 34 RBIs, 31 runs and seven stolen bases.

The Astros have gained 2.1 units and are 18-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 10 of those games, as opposed to 20 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 11.4 units and are 11-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 14 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under.

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Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

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Betting Notes

The Astros have won six of their last seven games SU.

Cleveland has posted 23.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.8 over its last five.

The Astros have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Indians have hit 13 over their last 10.


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