Cleveland at Houston MLB Betting Analysis & Game Info

Posted by Aaron . on May 19, 2017 in

The defending American League pennant winners and a likely favorite to claim that pennant this year tangle when the Cleveland Indians (20-19) visit the Houston Astros (29-12) this weekend. Going into the series, Cleveland has dropped two in a row and four of six, including a 7-4 setback at home against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Houston has won four in a row and nine of 10, including a 3-0 blanking of the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting prediction for this matchup.

Cleveland at Houston MLB Betting Analysis & Game Info

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:10pm ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
TV: RTSW, STOh
Radio: Cleveland / Houston
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.61 ERA) (CLE) vs Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.75 ERA) (HOU)

Why should you bet on the Indians?

Mike Clevinger has taken Corey Kluber’s spot in the rotation while the Tribe’s ace recovers from injury. In his first start, he pitched 5 shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals in a game Cleveland would win, 1-0. His last time out, he permitted three earned runs in 4 innings, so he is struggling to last more than five innings, but he has a plus fastball and averages a strikeout per inning pitched. Francisco Lindor continues to wow observers, both with his defense and with his timely hitting. If Cleveland can get decent pitching in this game, their bats can get to Fiers.

Why should you put your money on the Astros?

Houston sends Mike Fiers to the mound on Saturday afternoon. He does not go deep into ballgames — he has only finished the sixth inning in two of his seven starts. However, he usually delivers at least five efficient innings and then hands things off to a quality bullpen; in his last decision, he picked up a win over the Angels, permitting three runs in five innings. The Houston offense is firing on all cylinders right now — in their three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins this week, they put up 22 runs.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think Cleveland will start playing quality ball more consistently, but I don’t see them beating Fiers in this matchup. I predict a 6-4 win for Houston.