Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 7/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Progressive Field is the site where Triston McKenzie and the Cleveland Indians (42-36, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Houston Astros (49-33, 1st in AL West) on Sunday.
The Astros have tallied 156 two-baggers as a team and have hit 106 baseballs out of the stadium. Houston is slugging .448 and have been called out on strikes 596 times, while drawing a walk on 312 occasions. As a team, the Houston Astros are knocking in 5.6 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 1st in the league. They have 441 RBI's as well as 777 hits this year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .275. They have accounted for 461 runs while holding a team OBP of .351.
The Astros have a team ERA of 3.66 on the year (9th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 728 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.73 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.19. Astros pitchers have allowed 96 home runs and 329 total runs (10th in baseball). They have walked 267 batters and their FIP sits at 4.11 as a unit on the year.
The Astros have sent 244 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 108 base runners for the season with 41.7% of them crossed home plate. They have earned 16 saves for the season and have blown 13 of 29 save chances. The Astros relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 55.2% and has entered the game in 63 save situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 33 holds on the season (22nd in the league). Astros relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 71 times as well as having 82 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Astros have transformed 72.6% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,579 innings, which has them sitting 2nd in professional baseball. The Houston Astros are sitting with 2,193 putouts this season, as well as 691 assists and 31 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .989 which has them ranked 1st in pro baseball, and have accumulated 602 double plays.
Greinke (216-128 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.39 while facing 12,416 hitters in the majors. He has surrendered 2,826 base knocks (8.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 697 free passes. His ERA is 3.38 (1,142 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.158. Greinke has taken the mound for 3,042 frames and has tallied 2,763 K's during his career.
The Cleveland Indians have tallied an OBP of .296 in addition to a team batting average of .228 on the year. They have been rung up on 644 instances (29th in the league) and have tallied 578 hits. Cleveland has hit 95 home runs so far this year and 321 runs batted in. The Indians hold a slugging percentage of .394 and they are recording 4.35 runs per game (14th in MLB). They have 112 doubles, while taking a walk 221 times and scoring 339 runs.
The Indians have a team WHIP of 1.301 with a FIP of 4.24 as a team for the season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.61 (742 strikeouts vs 284 free passes). They sit at 8th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 596. They have allowed 99 long balls and they give up 4.66 runs per 9 innings (17th in MLB). The Cleveland pitching staff have allowed 350 runs for the season while having a team ERA of 4.37 (328 earned runs surrendered).
Cleveland has had relievers enter the game in 27 save opportunities and they have come away with 22 saves. They are currently ranked 1st in the league holding a save percentage of 81.5%, and they have sent 259 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 72 times in high leverage situations in addition to 69 occasions with base runners. Cleveland relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 32.6% out of their 95 inherited base runners. Sitting with 62 save situations, the Indians have earned 33 holds and 5 blown saves.
The Cleveland Indians have twisted 64 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (10th in professional baseball). The Indians have racked up 659 assists, 41 errors and have earned 2,030 putouts for the season. In 6,090 innings played, the Indians have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (18th in MLB).
In his pro baseball career, McKenzie has allowed 49 base knocks and he has 101 punch outs in 75 innings pitched. McKenzie (3-4 career win-loss mark) has a 5.00 ERA while conceding 5.8 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded a total of 42 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.282 and having a FIP of 4.9. His K/BB ratio is 2.10 and he has gone up against 316 batters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland
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