Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros 9/16/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/15/2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Minute Maid Park in Houston
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On Tuesday night, Corey Kluber (15-9) will attempt to win his third consecutive game when he and the Cleveland Indians go up rookie Nick Tropeano (1-0) and the Houston Astros.
Last Thursday, Corey Kluber pitched 8.1 strong innings against the Minnesota Twins and came away with the win. He allowed just two runs on eight base hits in that start and walked no one while striking out seven. Kluber now has an excellent 2.45 ERA on the season and he has struck out a whopping 230 batters in 212.2 innings on the mound.
Astros designated hitter Chris Carter is 2-for-7 against Kluber in his career with a double and a solo home run. Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitless in three at-bats against him with no walks and no strikeouts.
Big right-hander Nick Tropeano made his first Major League start last week when he defeated the Seattle Mariners on the road. He gave up two runs in five innings of work that day while walking two batters and striking out five. Tropeano threw 45 of his 80 pitches for strikes in that win and he induced seven ground balls.
All of the Indians' hitters will be facing Tropeano for the first time on Tuesday night. They can expect to see a 91-92 mph fastball with a 78-80 mph curveball and an 80 mph changeup mixed in.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 69-75-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cleveland Indians is 0
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 67-78-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
07/29/14 P Josh Zeid Foot 60-day DL (7/25), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 60-day DL (4/22)
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 60-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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