Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Vincent Velasquez (0-0) vs. Corey Kluber (3-9)
The Cleveland Indians welcome the Houston Astros to Progressive Field on Tuesday. The Astros send Vincent Velasquez to the mound to face Corey Kluber of the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +178 and Cleveland at -188. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Astros have a 40-40 over/under record and a 50-34 run line mark, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Indians are 35-46 against the run line and have a 39-41 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Astros show up with a 48-36 record, including 20-20 on the road. Vincent Velasquez has an earned run average of 4.21 and is 0-0 so far on the season while having a 1.32 WHIP. He's pitched 25.2 innings thus far while surrendering 22 hits over that time and when he starts, the Astros are 3-2. The Astros are also 3-2 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.6 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 177 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.71. Opposing teams are hitting .194 against the Astros bullpen while walking 75 times and striking out 248 times. Houston is averaging 7.69 strikeouts per game while getting 7.96 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.58.
Houston is batting .242 as a team, which is good for 24th in the league and hitting .249 away from home. The Astros on-base percentage sits at .310, which puts them at 21st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .425. Jose Altuve leads the team in hits with 92 while the team ranks 27th in baseball with 8.13 hits per game.
Cleveland is 15-23 at home while holding a 38-43 overall record on the season. Corey Kluber is starting this game 3-9 for the season with an earned run average of 3.64 and a WHIP of 1.14. He's pitched 118.2 innings thus far while surrendering 111 hits over that time in which the Indians are 4-13. The Indians are also 7-10 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 2.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 205 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.11. Opposing teams are hitting .232 against the Indians bullpen while walking 89 times and striking out 243 times. Cleveland is averaging 9.42 strikeouts per game while getting 8.37 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91.
They are batting .250 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .259 at home. The Indians on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .386. Jason Kipnis leads the team in hits with 109 while the team ranks 20th in baseball with 8.37 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Astros have a fielding percentage of .986 with 46 total errors, 904 assists and 2,262 put outs. The Indians have committed 46 errors on the season with 749 assists and 2,146 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .984 on the year.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 40-40 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 50-34 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 39-41 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 35-46 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/02/15 RF George Springer Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list ((7/1)
06/26/15 P Chad Qualls Neck Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
05/29/15 P Scott Feldman Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/27)
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/14)
04/28/15 SS Jed Lowrie Thumb Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/28)
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Side Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14)
06/14/15 1B Nick Swisher Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
04/06/15 P Josh Tomlin Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29)
04/05/15 P Gavin Floyd Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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