Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Friday night, Brad Peacock (3 – 8, 5.47 ERA) takes the mound for the Houston Astros as they square off against Carlos Carrasco (5-4-1, 3.27 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians. Peacock makes his 19th start and 23rd appearance as Carrasco makes his 7th start and 33rd appearance.
Brad Peacock escaped with a no=decision his last time out after allowing 6 runs and 7 hits (including 2 home runs) in just 4.1 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 3 as he threw 94 pitches. Peacock’s last victory was back in early July and he is just 1 – 4 in his last 10 appearances. In 2013, Peacock was 5 – 6 with a 5.18 ERA in 14 starts and 4 relief appearances.
Peacock didn’t face the Indians in 20-13 and he has only seen 2 of the Cleveland hitters in his career. David Murphy and Justin Sellers are each 0 for 1 against Peacock.
Carlos Carrasco notched his 2nd straight win in his last start. In the victory, Carrasco pitched 7 shutout innings and allowed just 3 hits without issuing a walk while striking out 5. It was the 2nd straight start that Carrasco had denied the opposition a single run or walk. In his last 10 appearances, Carrasco is 4 - 1 and he has given the Tribe some decent innings as a starter. Last season, Carrasco started 7 games and made 8 relief appearances en route to a 1 -4 record and a 6.75 ERA.
Last season, Carrasco pitched just an inning of relief against the Astros and he allowed a hit while striking out 1. Only 3 of the current Astros have ever faced Carrasco and just one (L.J. Hoes) has a hit off of the righty.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 62-61-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Houston Astros is -0.7
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 61-59-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
07/29/14 P Josh Zeid Foot 15-day DL (7/25), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
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)
08/19/14 LF Ryan Raburn Wrist 15-day DL (8/18)
08/10/14 RF David Murphy Side 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10)
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland
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