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MLB betting line favors Indians over Astros

Cleveland IndiansHouston Astros
June 22, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros Odds

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Inter-league play resumes on Friday as the Astros take on the Indians at Minute Maid Park in a key battle on the odds menu.

The Astros will rely on Lucas Harrell to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Ubaldo Jimenez will be his counterpart for the Indians. Lucas Harrell is 6-5 this season, and Ubaldo Jimenez is 6-5.

View Cleveland vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Astros as +110 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 14 in the National League and the Indians at No. 11 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Houston and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.2 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 6 lineup of the Indians at 4.4 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Cleveland was an 8-1 winner at home against the Reds. Bettors on Cleveland at -128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Indians enjoyed an 8-1 victory at the expense of the Reds on Wednesday, with Justin Masterson throwing 9 innings of 3-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Royals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -122 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 2-1 to Kansas City on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 2-7
After playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 6-3
After playing Kansas City are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Indians at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Cleveland
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Houston, Saturday, June 23

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