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2021 MLB Handicapping
(45-42) Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics (52-40)
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Morgan (CLE) vs. Bassitt (OAK)
MLB Moneyline Odds: CLE +185, OAK -213
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
Cleveland snapped a nine-game losing streak just prior to the break and proceeded to sweep Kansas City in the unofficial first half’s final series.
The aforementioned losing streak set the Tribe back a bit, however. It will enter the resumption of play second in the AL Central, eight games back of Chicago, and behind two teams in the East and another three out West.
The long losing streak to end June and begin July coincided with injuries to both Aaron Civale and Shane Bieber, the two top starters in Cleveland’s rotation.
Neither may be back for this series, as both may need some rehab time before returning to the big leagues. It isn’t clear if either is even that far along in a return bid, either.
That leaves the Indians vulnerable to a further slide in the second half of the month, which could put them far enough out of playoff contention to consider trading some of their top assets.
The A’s trail Houston in the division by as much as they lead Seattle for the last spot in the American League Wild Card.
Chris Bassitt is one of four Oakland starters to already have logged 100 innings. He leads the staff with 118 and 10 wins to boot.
He’s been good for a few years now and was tremendous in a small sample last season but this year may wind up being his best yet. He’s scheduled for arbitration in the offseason with free agency on the horizon in 2023.
Mark Canha went on the 10-day Injured List over three weeks ago but there hasn’t been a word on his return status.
He’s been Oakland’s second-best hitter, behind Matt Olson, and its best on-base guy.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Indians are 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Indians are 0-8 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 9-2 in their last 11 games following an off day.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Indians last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Under is 26-6-1 in Athletics last 33 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
- Head to Head: Indians are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
- Head to Head: Indians are 20-43 in the last 63 meetings in Oakland.
Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction: it stays under.
Eli Morgan has been a fixture in Cleveland’s rotation for the last four weeks. In the four starts he’s made in that time, he’s given up three runs twice and four runs twice.
He hasn’t gone more than five innings. By those numbers, there’s nothing to write home about.
But Morgan’s strikeout and walk numbers suggest he has room for improvement. He walked two in his last start against Houston but racked up 18 strikeouts without a free pass in the three before that.
On first look, the total of 8.5 looks low. But Bassitt has been awesome and Morgan has looked like he could have the stuff to hang with the A’s ace for four or five innings, at least.
4* Free MLB Pick: Under 8.5
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