Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 7/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Sunday, July 18, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+145) Oakland (-164)
Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians (46-43, 2nd in AL Central) head to RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday where they'll meet the Oakland Athletics (53-41, 2nd in AL West). The line on this game has the Indians coming in at +145 and the Athletics are at -164. The total has been set at 9. The starting pitchers will be Zach Plesac and Frankie Montas.
Cleveland has a slugging percentage of .399 and have struck out 743 times, while taking a walk on 247 occasions. They have accounted for 364 runs batted in as well as 655 hits over the course of the season, while their team batting average is at .229. The Indians have tallied 128 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 110 balls out of the park. They are sitting with 383 runs scored and hold an OBP of .298. As a unit, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, which is 15th in MLB.
Indians pitchers have yielded 115 home runs and 400 runs in total (13th in baseball). They have walked 315 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.32 as a team on the campaign. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.62 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.31. The Indians are sitting with a team ERA of 4.43 so far this year (20th in MLB), and they have struck out 825 hitters.
The Indians relievers have recorded a save percentage of 71.0% and has come into the game in 71 save situations. The relievers have inherited 111 base runners for the season with 31.5% of them ended up crossing the plate. Indians relief pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 78 times as well as having 84 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have dispatched 293 relief pitchers to the hill for the year. The bullpen have 38 holds on the campaign (22nd in MLB). They have accumulated 22 saves for the season and have not converted 9 of their 31 save chances.
The Cleveland Indians are sitting with 2,280 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 746 assists and 46 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .985 which has them sitting 9th in pro baseball, and have a total of 607 double plays. The Indians have transformed 69.6% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,840 innings on the field, which ranks them 17th in the majors.
Plesac has taken the hill for 233 frames and is sitting with 187 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. Plesac (16-11 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 4.52 while he has gone up against 933 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.58 (93 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.074. He has allowed 193 hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) with 58 free passes.
The Oakland Athletics are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .313 as well as a team batting average of .234 on the season. They have been called out on strikes on 801 occasions (15th in MLB) and have notched a total of 717 base hits. Oakland is sitting with 117 home runs for the year as well as 386 RBIs. The Athletics hold a team SLG% of .407 and they have an average of 4.44 runs per outing (14th in the league). They have 155 two-baggers, while taking a walk 316 times and putting up 413 runs.
The Athletics have a team WHIP of 1.226 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.97 as a pitching staff on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.09 (767 strikeouts against 248 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 22nd in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 765. They have given up 103 homers and they surrender 4.14 runs per 9 innings (10th in baseball). The Oakland pitching staff have allowed 380 runs this year while holding an ERA of 3.80 (349 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 82 save situations, the Athletics have amassed 44 holds in addition to 15 blown saves. Oakland has called on bullpen pitchers to take the mound in 38 save opportunities and they have converted 23 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 81 times in high leverage situations in addition to 74 occasions with runners on base. Oakland relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 34.0% out of 106 inherited base runners. They sit at 18th in MLB with a save percentage of 60.5%, and they have sent 279 relievers onto the diamond this year.
The Oakland Athletics have turned 71 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .987 (3rd in pro baseball). The Athletics have recorded 744 assists, 41 errors and have notched a total of 2,478 putouts for the year. Out of their 7,434 innings played, the Athletics have a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (11th in the majors).
During his pro baseball career, Montas has allowed 371 base knocks while totaling 367 K's in 361 innings pitched. Montas (26-21 career mark) has a 4.26 earned run average while allowing 9.2 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 171 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.371 and a FIP of 4.0. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.96 and he has faced 1,566 opposing hitters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+145)
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