Monday, May 9, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Mike Fiers
The Cleveland Indians visit Minute Maid Park on Monday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Mike Fiers for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -127 and Houston at +117. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 13-12-2 over/under record and a 12-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Astros are 11-20-0 against the run line and have a 16-11-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 36% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 14-13 record, including 7-7 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 3.35 and a WHIP of 0.95. He has 42 strikeouts over his 43 innings pitched and he has given up 34 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.59. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen while being struck out 72 times and walking 31 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.16 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 208 base hits and 100 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 70 batters and struck out 217. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .252, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The Indians hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.44 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .271 and his on-base percentage is at .319. He has 29 hits this season along with 17 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 33 times and has walked 9 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .324 and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 34 hits so far while scoring 18 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 20 times. The Indians have 228 hits, including 49 doubles and 24 home runs. They've stolen 20 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 6 times. Cleveland has walked 85 times this season and they've struck out 235 times as a unit. They've left 168 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 4.41 runs per contest and have scored a total of 119 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 7-9 home record and a 11-20 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.35, Mike Fiers has a 2-1 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 33.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 11.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 103 times and walking 24 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.67 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.69. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 296 base knocks and 142 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 83 hitters and struck out 232. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.23.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .246 average at home. The Astros hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 7.61 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .317 and he has an OBP of .406. He has 38 hits this year along with 28 runs scored and 19 RBI. He's struck out 16 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .395. He has collected 31 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 15. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 30 times. The Astros as a unit have 236 base hits, including 64 doubles and 41 homers. They have 22 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Houston as a team has walked 120 times this year and they have struck out 298 times. They've had 201 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They score 4.1 runs per game and have totaled 127 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 13-12-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 12-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 16-11-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 11-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 15-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
04/04/16 P Lance McCuller Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/02/16 C Max Stassi Wrist 15-day DL (3/29)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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