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MLB betting line favors Indians over Astros

Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians
51-104 September 22, 2013, 01:05 PM | Progressive Field 85-70

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

Houston puts its faith in starter Erik Bedard to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 4-11. Getting the ball for the Indians is Corey Kluber, who owns a 9-5 record on the season with a 3.62 ERA.

View Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians Odds and Stats.

The moneyline was hovering in the range of -245 for the Indians in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 8 at 5Dimes.

The Indians - Astros odds would favor the Indians if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 5 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 23.

Houston was a 4-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Indians. They lost as +248 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors. Houston suffered a 4-1 loss against Cleveland on Saturday, as Paul Clemens wasn't able to lead his team to victory 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 8.48 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (8.15 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the No. 14-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 30 mark in runs allowed.

A few Astros at Indians trends to consider:
Houston is 5-10-1 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Houston is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Houston is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Cleveland is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Houston at Texas, Monday, September 23rd
Cleveland at Chicago, Tuesday, September 24th