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Astros vs Indians Baseball Game Preview

Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians
51-101 September 19, 2013, 07:05 PM | Progressive Field 82-70

The Cleveland Indians host Houston on Thursday, looking to build on their 82-70 mark against the 51-101 Astros in MLB betting action at Progressive Field.

The match puts starter Dallas Keuchel for the Astros on the hill facing Ubaldo Jimenez for the Indians. Keuchel brings a 6-9 mark to the game, while Jimenez is 12-9 to date on the season.

View Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Astros listed as Underdog of 220 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, check for updates at 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Indians) and the No. 23 (Astros) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 7-rated offense, averaging 4.53 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 30 at 5.26 in runs allowed per game. The Indians have averaged 8.48 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Defensively, Houston features the No. 30-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.76 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4.39 runs per game.

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

Next up:
Houston at Cleveland, Friday, September 20th