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Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros in MLB odds

Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians
51-103 September 21, 2013, 06:05 PM | Progressive Field 84-70

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Cleveland and Houston on Saturday, with the host Indians trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Paul Clemens gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 4-5 on the season. The Indians, meanwhile, will counter with Scott Kazmir, who will be looking to improve on his 8-9 mark.

View Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Indians as -260 Favorite on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

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

The Astros were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -205 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Astros endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Indians on Friday, with Brett Oberholtzer throwing 6 innings of 4-hit ball at Progressive Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 7 ranked offense (4.49 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 30 at 5.21 runs allowed per game. The Indians have been averaging 8.47 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (8.18 hits on average).

Cleveland owns the No. 14 defense, allowing 4.49 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's No. 30-rated defense.

A few Astros at Indians trends to consider:
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Cleveland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Houston at Cleveland, Sunday, September 22nd