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Ubaldo Jimenez out to silence Astros bats in MLB contest

Houston AstrosCleveland Indians
Sep 19, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Odds

51-101TEAM RECORD82-70

The Cleveland Indians look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Astros arrive at Progressive Field on Thursday.

The Indians will turn to Ubaldo Jimenez and his 12-9 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Astros send Dallas Keuchel (6-7) to the hill.

View Houston vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Astros were listed as +-240 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including $5DIMES-LINK$. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at $JUSTBET-LINK$.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 6-ranked Indians and the American League No. 14-rated Astros in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the American League at 5.3 runs allowed per game. The Indians have been averaging 8.5 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the American League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -147 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Houston lost in extra innings against the Reds on Wednesday as Cincinnati edged them 6-5 at Minute Maid Park.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Royals on September 18. Bettors who backed the Royals at -101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Cleveland looks to rebound from a loss to the Royals, who beat them 7-2 on Wednesday behind a start from Bruce Chen at Kauffman Stadium.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Astros at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Houston at Cleveland, Friday, September 20

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