Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros 5/18/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, May 18, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Clevinger vs. Charlie Morton
The Cleveland Indians visit Minute Maid Park on Friday, May 18, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Mike Clevinger for the Indians and Charlie Morton for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +135 and Houston at -145. The Indians have a 22-19-1 over/under record and a 17-25-0 run line mark. The Astros are 24-21-0 against the run line and have a 14-28-3 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 22-19-1 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 17-25-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 14-28-3 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 24-21-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
05/16/18 DH Edwin Encarnacion Back is "?" Friday vs Houston Astros
05/15/18 CF Bradley Zimmer Chest 10-day DL (05/12)
05/13/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hamstring 10-day DL (05/12)
05/13/18 P Tyler Olson Paternity List is out indefinitely
05/04/18 P Danny Salazar Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
05/03/18 P Nick Goody Elbow 10-day DL (05/03)
04/08/18 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Calf 10-day DL (04/08)
03/26/18 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (02/25)
03/26/18 P Ryan Merritt Knee 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 21-21 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 2.70 and a WHIP of 1.07 this season. He has 44 strikeouts over his 53.1 innings pitched and he's given up 43 hits. He's allowed 7.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.77. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.68 and they have given up 113 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the bullpen and they've struck out 114 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 344 base hits and 173 earned runs. They have allowed 58 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 108 batters and struck out 367. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .249, good for 13th in the league. The Indians hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .387. He has 48 hits this season in 162 at bats with 30 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .617 and an OPS+ of 161. Francisco Lindor is hitting .314 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .389. He has totaled 55 hits and he has driven in 27 men in 175 at bats. His OPS+ is 157 while his slugging percentage is at .600. The Indians have 368 hits, including 79 doubles and 64 home runs. Cleveland has walked 137 times so far this season and they have struck out 362 times as a unit. They have left 293 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 207 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 28-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.03, Charlie Morton has a 5-0 record and a 0.97 WHIP. He has 62 strikeouts over the 48.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 30 hits. He's allowing 5.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.43. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.94 and they have given up 90 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 127 batters and walked 28 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.44. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 282 base knocks and 109 earned runs this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 109 hitters and struck out 469 batters. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 0.97 while their FIP as a staff is 2.85.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 11th in the league. The Astros hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Carlos Correa comes into this matchup batting .281 with an OBP of .372. He has 43 hits this year along with 29 RBI in 153 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .497 with an OPS+ of 143. Jose Altuve is hitting .309 this season and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 56 hits in 181 at bats while driving in 20 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .414. The Astros as a unit have 382 base hits, including 86 doubles and 47 homers. Houston has walked 159 times this year and they have struck out on 375 occasions. They have had 314 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They have scored 4.67 runs per game and totaled 210 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians +135
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