Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/17/2014
Sunday, May 18, 1:05 PM on CSCA, STOh
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Oakland Athletics - Chavez, J (3-1) vs. Cleveland Indians - Masterson, J (2-2)
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Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics and Jesse Chavez will take on the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson. Chavez will make his 9th start as Masterson makes his 10th.
Jesse Chavez had a solid start his last time out that boosted his record to 3 – 1 with an ERA of 2.44. In that outing, Chavez went 8 innings and allowed just 2 runs (both on solo homers) on 5 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. If not for the two long balls, Chavez’s line would have been spectacular. In 2013, Chavez gave up just 3 homers as he worked exclusively from the bullpen. He compiled a record of 2 – 4 with a save and an ERA of 3.92 in 35 relief appearances.
Last season, Chavez was torched in his only appearance against the Indians. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in just 1.2 innings of work. And Chavez will have to keep an eye on Ryan Raburn. Raburn is 3 of 5 with 4 RBIs against Chavez.
Justin Masterson comes into this one with a 2 – 2 record and an ERA of 4.31 after losing in his last outing. In that start, Masterson surrendered 5 runs on 6 hits (including a homer) in 5.1 innings as he walked 3 and struck out 4. Last season, Masterson went 14 – 10 with an ERA of 3.45 in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances.
In 2013, Masterson was 1 – 1 with a 3.68 ERA in 2 starts against Oakland. This season, he pitched to a no decision against the A’s despite 7 innings of shutout ball and just 3 hits allowed.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 21-18-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.7
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 20-18-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
05/11/14 CF Coco Crisp Neck out indefinitely
05/09/14 P Ryan Cook Forearm 15-day DL (5/9)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 15-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
05/15/14 CF Michael Brantley Back questionable
05/15/14 RF Nyjer Morgan Knee questionable
05/05/14 1B Jason Giambi Calf 15-day DL (5/4)
05/02/14 2B Jason Kipnis Abdominal 15-day DL (4/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Oakland
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