Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+240) Houston (-333)
Eli Morgan and the Cleveland Indians (47-44, 2nd in AL Central) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (57-38, 1st in AL West). The Indians open this matchup at +240 while the Astros are priced at -333. The over/under is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Eli Morgan and Lance McCullers Jr.
The Indians have accumulated 130 doubles as a team and have knocked 114 baseballs out of the park. Cleveland owns a slugging percentage of .398 and have been called out on strikes 772 times, while taking a walk on 256 occasions. As a squad, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.3 runs/g, which puts them at 17th in the league. They have compiled 374 runs batted in in addition to 680 hits on the season, while their average at the plate is sitting at .230. They have a total of 393 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .298.
The Indians have compiled a team earned run average of 4.37 over the course of the season (19th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 854 batters. They have walked 321 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.28 as a squad for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.66 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.30. Indians pitchers have conceded 117 home runs in addition to 408 runs in total (13th in the league).
The Indians have sent 303 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 112 base runners for the season with 31.3% of them earned a run for their team. They have earned 24 saves so far this year and have blown 9 of their 33 chances to get a save. The Indians bullpen have a save percentage of 72.7% and has entered the game in 78 save situations. The bullpen have a total of 43 holds for the season (16th in MLB). Indians pitchers have entered the game with runners on 79 times and also have had 91 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Indians have converted 69.6% of baseballs in play into outs in their 7,074 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 16th in the majors. The Cleveland Indians have notched a total of 2,358 putouts this season, as well as 775 assists and 47 errors. Their fielding rate is at .985 which is 8th in pro baseball, and have a total of 630 double plays.
Morgan (1-3 career record) holds a FIP of 6.17 while he has gone up against 119 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 35 hits (12.0 hits per 9 innings) with 5 walks. His earned run average is 7.86 (23 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.519. Morgan has taken the hill for 26 frames and is sitting with 28 K's so far in his pro baseball career.
The Astros have a slugging percentage of .433 and they average 5.35 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have notched 174 doubles, while taking a walk 344 times and scoring 508 runs. Houston has accounted for 119 home runs so far this season and 487 RBIs. They have been rung up on 716 instances (30th in the league) and have 861 hits. The Houston Astros hold a team OBP of .340 as well as a batting average of .265 on the year.
The Houston pitching staff have allowed 378 runs on the year while having an ERA of 3.64 (343 earned runs surrendered). They have relinquished 112 HR's and they yield 4.02 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.200 and have a FIP of 4.14 as a staff on the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.69 (847 strikeouts vs 315 walks). They are sitting at 8th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 701.
Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 36 save chances and they have tallied 22 saves. They are ranked 16th in the league with a save percentage of 61.1%, and they have dispatched 282 relievers to the mound on the year. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 91 times in high leverage situations and on 80 occasions with base runners. Houston bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 39.0% out of their 123 inherited base runners. Sitting with 78 save situations, the Astros have recorded 41 holds and 14 blown saves.
In 7,623 innings on the diamond, the Astros are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 72.2% (2nd in professional baseball). The Houston Astros have turned 74 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .988 (1st in baseball). The Astros have recorded 810 assists, 39 errors and have a total of 2,541 putouts this year.
In his career, McCullers has surrendered 503 hits while totaling 664 punch outs in 595 innings pitched. He has allowed 236 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.250 and a FIP of 3.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.76 and he has faced 2,499 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. McCullers (39-27 career mark) is the owner of a 3.57 earned run average and has allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+240)
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