Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 5/20/2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Brett Anderson vs. Carlos Carrasco
Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians (24-20, 2nd in AL Central) play the Oakland Athletics (22-25, 3rd in AL West) at Progressive Field on Monday, May 20, 2019. The Athletics open this game at +155 while the Indians are priced at -165. The over/under has been set at 9.
The Athletics have been a hot and cold play for MLB bettors, having gone 22-25-0 SU. Cleveland covers 54.5% of the time, going 24-20-0 straight up. The Indians have been a decent choice for bettors as a favorite, going 20-17-0 SU. Oakland covers 35.3% of the time as the underdog, having gone 6-11-0 straight up.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been a less than ideal Over bet for O/U bettors, having gone 23-24-0.
Oakland covers 34.8% of the time away from home, having gone 8-15-0 straight up.
Important Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland covers 61.9% of the time at Progressive Field, going 13-8-0 SU.
The Indians have been an awful Over bet for O/U bettors, having gone 17-26-1.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
05/19/19 LF Khris Davis Hip is questionable Sunday vs Detroit Tigers
04/17/19 P Marco Estrada Back 10-day IL (04/17)
03/25/19 C Chris Herrmann Knee 60-day IL (03/17)
03/25/19 P Jharel Cotton Arm 60-day IL (03/17)
03/25/19 LF Nick Martini Knee 10-day IL (03/17)
03/25/19 P Sean Manaea Shoulder 60-day IL (03/25)
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
05/14/19 CF Tyler Naquin Calf 10-day IL (05/14)
05/01/19 P Corey Kluber Forearm 10-day IL (05/03)
04/09/19 P Mike Clevinger Back 10-day IL (04/09)
03/27/19 CF Bradley Zimmer Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Danny Salazar Shoulder 60-day IL (03/24)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 22-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.41 this season. He has 27 strikeouts over his 49 innings pitched and he's given up 49 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.41. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 154 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen and they've struck out 180 hitters and walked 73 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 384 base hits and 198 earned runs. They have allowed 54 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 153 batters and struck out 381. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 4.18.
As a team Oakland is hitting .240, good for 21st in the league. The Athletics hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Marcus Semien is hitting .259 with an on-base percentage of .352. He has 48 hits this season in 185 at bats with 21 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .389 and an OPS+ of 105. Matt Chapman is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 44 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 171 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .509. The Athletics have 390 hits, including 69 doubles and 65 home runs. Oakland has walked 167 times so far this season and they have struck out 363 times as a unit. They have left 318 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 222 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 24-20 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.18, Carlos Carrasco has a 4-3 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 62 strikeouts over the 47.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 48 hits. He's allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.19. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.91 and they have given up 118 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 131 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 329 base knocks and 154 earned runs this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 129 hitters and struck out 408 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.80.
As a team, they are batting .223, good for 26th in the league. The Indians hold a .358 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 7.2 hits per contest. Carlos Santana comes into this matchup batting .281 with an OBP of .389. He has 43 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 153 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .451 with an OPS+ of 121. Jake Bauers is hitting .237 this season and he has an OBP of .329. He has collected 32 hits in 135 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 83 and a slugging percentage of .363. The Indians as a unit have 316 base hits, including 57 doubles and 45 homers. Cleveland has walked 162 times this year and they have struck out on 401 occasions. They have had 288 men left on base and have an OPS of .665. They have scored 3.84 runs per game and totaled 169 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics +155
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