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Cleveland favored by -230 against Houston on Friday

Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians
51-102 September 20, 2013, 07:05 PM | Progressive Field 83-70

MLB wagering interest swings to the Cleveland vs Houston battle on Friday at Progressive Field as the Indians try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Brett Oberholtzer, with a record of 4-3 on the season, gets the ball for the Astros, while the Indians trot Zach McAllister to the mound in this one. He is 8-9 so far in 2013.

View Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Houston before the first pitch in this match found them as 215-moneyline Underdog earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 8 earlier at TopBet.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 23-rated Astros taking on the No. 5-rated Indians in this contest.

In their last action, Houston was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Cleveland at -260 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Houston lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 2-1 score against Cleveland at Progressive Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cleveland has baseball's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.5 hits per game. The Astros average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 26 on the list.

Defensively, Houston features the No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.72 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4.36 runs per game.

A few Astros at Indians trends to consider:
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Cleveland, Saturday, September 21st