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2021 MLB Handicapping
(48-32) Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians (42-33)
Date: Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. Jean Carlos Mejia (CLE)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -192 Indians +145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5, Indians +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Astros will be in Cleveland to face the Indians for game 1 of the series Thursday at 7:10 ET.
These teams have not played this year. In fact, the last time they played was during the 2019 season.
Framber Valdez will go for the Astros and Jean Carlos Mejia will go for the Indians.
The Astros have had a very impressive year so far. They have lost 3 in a row, however.
With a 48-32 record, they are 1st in the America League West. They are 1.5 games ahead of the Athletics.
Houston has lost the first 2 games of the series against the Orioles this week. They have been outscored 22-10 in 2 games. The Orioles won on Tuesday 13-3.
Jose Urquidy only lasted 1.1 innings on Tuesday and he got taken out to due to soreness. The bullpen had a tough time shutting down the Baltimore offense.
Framber Valdez has been very good this year. The lefty is 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA. His last start was against the Tigers on Saturday where he went 6 innings and allowed 3 earned runs. The Tigers won this game 3-1.
Pitching for this squad has been quite good. They are 9th in baseball with a 3.66 ERA.
The offense is best in baseball when it comes to scoring runs. They are scoring an impressive 5.65 runs per game.
This team has been without 3rd baseman Alex Bregman for a bit now and they will need his bat back in the lineup.
This team has blasted 103 home runs which is 8th best in the sport.
This Indians have played good ball for a good chunk of this year. They have lost 3 of their 5 games.
Their record is 42-33 and they sit 2nd in the American League Central. The Chicago White Sox lead them by 2.5 games.
The Indians took game 1 against the Tigers this week. Game 2 got cancelled on Tuesday due to weather. They are playing a double header Wednesday at 4:10 ET and 7:10 ET.
Eli Morgan was solid on Monday as he went 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. The Indians won this game 13-5.
Jean Carlos Mejia has not been great this year. He is 1-2 with a 4.94 ERA. His last start was against the Twins on Thursday where he went 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run. The Indians won this game 4-1.
The pitching for this team has been struggling as of late. They are 18th with a 4.24 ERA. Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, and Shane Bieber are all currently injured.
The offense has been very impressive. They are scoring 4.43 runs per game which is 14th best. They are lead by Jose Ramirez who is having another very impressive year.
This Tribe have hit 91 home runs which is 17th best.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right handed starter.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 Thursday games.
- Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a left handed starter.
Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Prediction:
The Astros had no reason to lose the first 2 games of the series against the Orioles. They will need to get back on track when they go against the Indians and I am confident they can do so.
The Indians are a good team, but they are not at the level of the Astros. I do not have much confidence betting them in this one.
Framber Valdez is the better pitcher and I look for him to show that in this game. The Astros should be able to do enough against Mejia to get themselves a win.
I like the Astros on the run line in this one.
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