Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+185) Houston (-250)
Minute Maid Park is the site where Luis Garcia and the Houston Astros (56-38, 1st in AL West) will take on the Cleveland Indians (47-43, 2nd in AL Central) on Tuesday. The line on this contest has the Indians coming in at +185 and the Astros are at -250. The total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Triston McKenzie and Luis Garcia.
Cleveland has a slugging % of .399 and have been rung up 763 times, while drawing a walk on 251 occasions. They have 371 RBI's and 672 hits on the year, and their batting average is at .230. The Indians have recorded 130 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 113 baseballs out of the park. They have 390 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .298. As a squad, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.3 runs per game, which has them sitting at 16th in MLB.
Indians pitchers have conceded 116 home runs in addition to 404 runs in total (13th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 319 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.29 as a squad this year. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.64 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.30. The Indians have a team earned run average of 4.37 this season (18th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 843 hitters.
Indians bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 78 times in addition to having 91 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 43 holds on the season (16th in MLB). The Indians relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 72.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 78 save situations. They have 24 saves so far this year and have missed out on 9 of 33 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 111 runners on the season with 31.5% of them crossed home plate. The Indians have dispatched 300 relievers to the hill for the year.
The Cleveland Indians have earned 2,334 putouts this season, in addition to 769 assists and 47 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .985 which has them sitting 9th in pro baseball, and have 622 double plays. The Indians have converted 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 7,002 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 16th in professional baseball.
McKenzie has taken the mound for 82 innings and has 110 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 4.57 (42 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.198. He has surrendered 50 hits (5.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 49 walks. McKenzie (3-4 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.53 while he has faced 339 batters in the majors.
The Astros have a slugging percentage of .433 and they average 5.36 runs per contest (1st in the league). They have tallied 172 doubles, while taking a walk 342 times and scoring 504 runs. Houston is sitting with 118 HRs so far this year to go along with 483 RBIs. They have been rung up on 705 occasions (30th in the league) and have totaled 852 base knocks. The Houston Astros have recorded a team on-base percentage of .340 in addition to a team batting average of .265 so far this season.
The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.197 and have a FIP of 4.14 as a pitching staff so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.70 (838 strikeouts against 310 walks). They rank 10th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 693. They have surrendered 111 long balls and they give up 4.03 runs per 9 innings (8th in MLB). The Houston pitching staff have given up 375 runs this year while holding an ERA of 3.65 (340 earned runs relinquished).
Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 35 save chances and they have earned 21 saves. They are ranked 17th in MLB holding a save rate of 60.0%, and they have dispatched 279 relievers onto the field on the campaign. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 89 times in high leverage situations in addition to 79 occasions with base runners. Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 38.8% out of their 121 inherited base runners. With 75 save situations, the Astros have compiled 39 holds and 14 blown saves.
In 7,542 innings played, the Astros have earned a defensive efficiency of 72.3% (1st in pro baseball). The Houston Astros have twisted 73 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .988 (1st in pro baseball). The Astros have recorded 800 assists, 39 errors and have accumulated 2,514 putouts so far this season.
So far in his MLB career, Garcia has conceded 72 hits while he has earned 106 strikeouts in 97 frames. Garcia (6-6 career mark) holds a 3.04 ERA while giving up 6.6 hits per nine innings. He has conceded a total of 33 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.085 and a FIP of 3.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.12 and he has faced 396 batters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-250)
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