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Tom Milone out to silence Indians bats in MLB contest

Cleveland IndiansOakland Athletics
Aug 17, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics Odds

54-64TEAM RECORD62-55

Cleveland pays a visit to Oakland on Friday, hoping to shut down the Athletics bats in baseball action at O.co Coliseum.

Zach McAllister, with a record of 5-4 on the season, gets the ball for the Indians, while the Athletics trot Tom Milone to the mound in this one. He is 9-9 so far in 2012.

View Cleveland vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Indians were listed as +-135 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Athletics, most recently No. 11 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Indians, who rate an American League No. 12 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 7.8 hits per game. The Indians average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Oakland owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cleveland's American League No. 13-rated defense.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were an 8-4 loser as they battled the Angels on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Angels at -158 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cleveland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-4 to Los Angeles on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

Oakland won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Royals on August 16. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Athletics didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Kansas City 3-0 on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 8-2
After playing LA Angels are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Indians at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Oakland is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
Oakland is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Oakland, Saturday, August 18

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