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Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Match Preview and Betting Tips
The Cleveland Indians have homered in a season-high 10 straight games, with most of the power coming from the top of the order. Right fielder Michael Brantley has thrived in the second spot in the lineup and owns a nine-game hitting streak for the Indians, who face the host Houston Astros in the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday.
Brantley belted a solo homer in Saturday’s 5-4 victory and is 14-for-39 during his streak with 19 RBIs in 16 games this month. Corey Kluber struck out 10 batters over seven strong innings Saturday while third baseman Jose Ramirez had two hits and improved to 10-for-22 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs during his six-game hitting streak.
The Astros saw their three-game winning streak come to an end despite homers by Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez. Outfielder Josh Reddick, batting .227 with six home runs and 17 RBIs, was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight day with a skin infection above his left knee but appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.
Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Starting Pitchers Report
Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 3.66 ERA): Carrasco is pitching on an extended five days’ rest after his last start on May 14 at Detroit, where he allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-3 loss. The 31-year-old native of Venezuela has thrown at least 110 pitches in four of his last seven starts, including three in a row. Reddick is 6-for-9 with a home run against Carrasco, who owns a 3-1 record and 2.67 ERA in six career games (five starts) versus Houston, including 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two outings at Minute Maid Park.
Astros RH Lance McCullers Jr. (5-2, 3.63): McCullers turned in a solid outing but took the loss against the Los Angeles Angels last Monday, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. The 24-year-old has 58 strikeouts in 52 innings and has only given up three home runs, including none in his last five starts. Yonder Alonso is 4-for-8 against McCullers, who struggled in his only previous start against Cleveland, giving up five runs over five frames in a 7-6 loss on April 26, 2017.
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Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Betting Odds and Predictions
Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Betting Odds
|Free Betting Predictions According to Bovada: Astros -135
Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Betting Odds Trends
Cleveland Indians Trends
|The total has gone OVER in 16 of Cleveland's last 22 games|
|Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston|
|Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston|
|Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 15 games when playing on the road against Houston|
Houston Astros Trends
|Houston is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games|
|Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 10 games|
|Houston is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home|
|Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland|
|Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 15 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
Cleveland at Chicago Tuesday, May 22
Houston home to San Francisco Tuesday, May 22