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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics Gambling Prediction & MLB Preview

Indians (65-56) vs Athletics (68-52)

The Cleveland Indians are in the thick of the American League race thats for sure.

Friday August 16
o.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Probable Starters:
CLE: Justin Masterson (R)
OAK: A.J. Griffin
Moneyline: Oakland -127, Cleveland +117
O/U: 7

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It might be too much of a challenge to catch the Detroit Tigers for the Central title but the Wild Card is within reach and this weekend they have a chance to make up some ground on one of their competitors – Oakland – with neither team is playing all that well right now.

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Yes Cleveland has won their last 2 but the last time they had a chance like this they squandered it against Detroit. Now they will be on the road where their record is below .500.

Lucky for Cleveland they get to start the series with their ace Justin Masterson. Masterson is enjoying his best season in the Majors and has already set career highs in wins and strikeouts this season. He is second in the American League in innings pitched and tied for the league lead in shutouts.

Unfortunately Masterson has not had much success against Oakland in the past with an ERA over 7 and a 2-5 overall record. He also pitches much better at home.


Oakland’s recent stumbles have dropped them into second place in the AL West behind Texas who is surging.


They still possess a fantastic home record and will need to do some damage over the weekend or else risk slipping even further. Since many thought the A’s were playing over their heads earlier in the season it is hard to say whether they are truly sliding or just finding their level, probably a bit of both.

I don’t know it it is Moneyball or underdog status but you kind of root for these guys right?

On the hill A.J. Griffin has been pretty solid this season though not as effective as he was when he burst onto the scene with a 7-1 record last season. Oakland has won 7 of his last 10 starts and every once in awhile he is capable of pitching a gem. His one and only start against Cleveland was a loss but hardly an awful performance.

Like every A’s pitcher he loves the large foul territory and dimensions of his home park.

Both teams know how important this game is so I think there should be some juice in the stadium throughout the weekend. I favour the A’s at home just slightly as I think both pitchers will make it difficult for runners to cross the plate.

Take Oakland as they rally for an August push like it seems they always do.

O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Oakland 3 – Cleveland 2

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