Posted: 5/19/2017 2:03:23 PM
The Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation is in dire straits right now, and that’s terrible news with a trip to visit the major league-leading Houston Astros on tap for Friday. Sportsbooks opened the Tribe as +134 road underdogs with a total of 8.5.
The Indians are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against the Astros.
The total has gone UNDER in 21 of the Indians' last 28 games against the Astros.
The total has gone OVER in four of the Astros' last five games at home.
Cleveland will send right-hander Trevor Bauer to the mound, while the Astros are expected to counter with Charlie Morton. Bauer (3-4, 6.92 ERA) may be in the midst of a rocky season and his ERA shows it. However, he boasts a fantastic 6-0 mark with a 2.61 ERA in six career starts vs Houston. The Indians’ starting rotation has posted a collective 9.14 ERA over the past five games and ranks 29th in the majors with a 5.15 mark.
Morton (5-2, 3.97) has been a major boon for the Astros’ staff after he was limited to only four starts in 2016 due to surgery to repair a torn hamstring. He took the loss in his lone career start vs the Indians with six innings of three-run ball. The hurler struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings in his last outing vs the New York Yankees.
Signs are pointing to the ’Stros in this one. Houston is 23-7 this season when facing a right-handed starter, has a league-best .284 AVG vs right-handers to go along with a third-best 482 total bases and 42 home runs. and is one of the best runline teams in MLB. On the other hand, Cleveland is the worst.Astros ML