Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians 8/23/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/22/2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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On Saturday night, Collin McHugh (6-9) will be going for his third win in a row when he and the Houston Astros take on young right-hander Danny Salazar (4-6) and the Cleveland Indians.
Collin McHugh gave up just one earned run for the fourth consecutive start on Sunday when he was able to defeat the Boston Red Sox on the road. He went six innings in that outing and allowed seven hits while walking four and striking out six. McHugh now has a 3.00 ERA on the year and he has only given up 86 hits in 114 innings on the mound.
Indians veteran outfielder Michael Bourn has a single in his only at-bat against McHugh with an RBI. The rest of the Indians will be facing the right-hander for the first time on Saturday.
On Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, Danny Salazar took the loss after giving up two runs in five innings of work. He allowed four hits in that outing and walked one batter while striking out four. Salazar has been able to strike out 73 batters this year in 67.2 innings of work and he currently owns a 4.79 ERA.
All of the Astros will be going up against Salazar for the first time on Saturday night. Left-handed hitters are batting .246 against him this year, while right-handed hitters are batting .305 against him.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 62-62-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Houston Astros is -0.7
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 61-60-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.2
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); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland
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