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2021 MLB Handicapping
(48-33) Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians (42-35)
Date: Friday, July 2nd, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Lance McCullers Jr. vs. San Hentges
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -180 | Indians +160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 , Indians +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
The Astros shockingly are coming off of getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles and despite their great record, will need to keep picking up wins consistently with the Oakland Athletics hot on their heels only half a game back. The Cleveland Indians are a tough test here, though, as the Indians have a solid roster and will be confident they can pick up the win on home turf.
The Astros gave up 27 runs in that three game series against the Orioles, and it is not like Baltimore has a start studded batting lineup, so that certainly is a worrying sign for an Astros team who has eyes on winning it all this year.
Although the pitching for the Astros is very good statistically, and will only get better as they get healthier, their pitching often times does not come into play, as this Houston team has the best overall offense in the entire league.
Houston will send Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound and he should be primed for a nice outing here only giving up 10 hits in his last 3 outings and the Astros will need him at his best to pick up this important series.
The Cleveland Indians are only 4 games back in the division, but they have not been able to really get on a roll as of late entering this series off the back of a series loss to the Detroit Tigers. If this Cleveland team is serious about being a contender this year they need to get this offense rolling, as I feel like the Indians pitching unit will be back and firing once the likes of Shane Bieber and the rest of the injured Indians pitchers make their way back to the lineup.
One big loss on offense for this team was Franmil Reyes, as he looked like he was going to have a breakout year before getting injured and even Jose Ramirez is a bit banged up here, so keep an eye out for the starting lineup here, as it may be different then expected.
Sam Hentges will head to the mound for the Cleveland Indians in this spot and this represents an awfully tough task for the young lefty, as he comes off of a game where he got roughed up by the Twins, and the task this Friday gets no easier going up against the best offense in all of the major leagues.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Astros are 51-21 in their last 72 vs. American League Central.
- Indians are 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Indians are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series.
Free Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Prediction:
The Cleveland Indians have been up and down as of late, but I trust the Houston Astros to bounce back here more then I trust the Indians and that is especially true with the pitching matchup being the way it is, as I really struggle to see Hentges going deep here.
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