Houston at Cleveland MLB Betting Odds & Game Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Tuesday,July 7, 2015 9:10, EST in

When you look at the recent records of all the teams, it’s amazing how many of them are playing .500 ball, or close to it, over the past 10 games. The All-Star Game is approaching, and it appears that everyone is content with getting to the break in one piece before really going after it in the second half. The Houston Astros will likely maintain the top spot in the AL West by the time this week is over, but they will have to start off this week with a 4-game road trip to Cleveland. The second game of that series will go on Tuesday night, with the Indians as favorites in the sports betting odds.

A Look at the Houston at Cleveland MLB Betting Odds & Game Preview

Time: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland
National TV: none
Opening line: Indians -169, Astros +159 (7)

The Houston Astros (48-36) will just be glad that they don’t have to face a team from the AL East this time around, although they will end the week with a 3-game series against Tampa Bay. The Astros split a 4-game series with the Yankees, and lost 2 of 3 to the Red Sox. The good news is that they had a 3-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals wedged in between those disappointing series performances. Despite those little slips, Houston still has a 3-game lead over the Angels in the West, but did lose some ground, as the Angels are on a bit of a tear at the moment. The bright spot for the Astros of late has been the play of rookie shortstop sensation Carlos Correa. The 20-year old has been terrorizing pitchers, and has 7 HR through his first 25 games in the bigs. Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 4.21 ERA) will get just his 6th start of the season on Tuesday night.

The Cleveland Indians (38-43) are well aware that they have dug themselves a hole that is going to be very tough to get out of. They had a pretty decent week last week, but are sure to be disappointed with how it ended. Their starting rotation was on fire early in the week, carrying the team to 5-straight wins, but they closed things out with back to back losses to the Pirates. While most teams would be happy to have a 7-game home stand to close out the first half, the Indians have a 15-23 home record that makes such a prospect not as exciting as it should be. The Indians will start Corey Kluber (3-9, 3.64 ERA) on Tuesday night. The Indians have lost 5 of the last 6 games that Kluber has started.

Key Betting Trends

  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games

My Betting Prediction

It has been a bit of a bumpy ride for the Astros of late, but they will be looking to get things back on track against a desperate Indians team. This is definitely a game I think they can win, as Kluber has not been at his best this season.