Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Match Preview and Free Picks
Cleveland and Oakland each have 44 wins, but while the Indians are holding a comfortable eight-game lead atop the American League Central, the Athletics are sitting seven games back of the second wild card. Both teams are on a roll, though, winning eight of their last 10 as they prepare to kick off a three-game series in Oakland on Friday.
The Athletics wrapped up a 10-game road trip by completing a four-game sweep in Detroit, erasing an early two-run deficit for their third come-from-behind win in the series. "Obviously, that's the difference between going on a 6-4 road trip or 8-2," Oakland second baseman Chad Pinder said. "If we lay down there and let those guys keep rolling over us, it's a whole different road trip and we're having a different conversation."
After ripping off seven straight wins, the Indians opened their nine-game road trip by dropping two in a row at St. Louis before averting a sweep with a 5-1 victory in the series finale on Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion has homered in three of his last five games and also went deep in one of his two at bats against Paul Blackburn, the scheduled starter for the A's on Friday night.
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Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Starting Pitchers Report
Indians RH Trevor Bauer (7-5, 2.44 ERA): Bauer is coming off a superb performance against Detroit on Saturday, striking out 11 while giving up one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. It marked the sixth time in his last eight outings that he has registered double-digit strikeouts and his sixth quality start in that span. Khris Davis is 4-for-10 with a homer off Bauer, who is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA in five starts versus Oakland.
Athletics RH Paul Blackburn (1-2, 8.83): Blackburn has been wildly erratic in his four starts this season, following up his two strong outings with a pair of duds. After limiting San Diego to two runs and four hits over five innings on June 19, he was pounded for six runs and eight hits over five innings in a loss at the Chicago White Sox last time out. Blackburn faced the Indians in July 2017, giving up three runs in six innings.
Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Betting Odds
Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Free Predictions and Result
|Indians -180 Over/Under 8½||Indians 5, Athletics 3|
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Cleveland Indians Betting Odds Trends
|Cleveland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games|
|Cleveland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games|
|Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oakland|
|Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 18 games when playing Oakland|
|Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland|
|Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing on the road against Oakland|
Oakland Athletics Betting Odds Trends
|Oakland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oakland's last 16 games|
|Oakland is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|Oakland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home|
|Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 18 games when playing Cleveland|
|Oakland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oakland's last 10 games when playing at home against Cleveland|