The Houston Astros will host the Cleveland Indians for game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon. These two teams have been the American League World Series representatives the last two seasons, with the Astros winning it all last season. Both teams will have their ace on the mound for game one. Justin Verlander will start for the Houston Astros, and he will be opposed by Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians.
The Houston Astros are the betting favorite for this game. The money line is Houston Astros -137, and the Indians come in at +140. The over/under for total runs scored for this game is set at 6.5.
Astros vs. Indians Odds
Spread: Houston Astros -137
Astros vs. Indians Head to Head
The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians met seven times during the 2018 regular season. The Astros were able to win four of those seven games to win the season series. All of the games took place in the month of May, and both teams have different players playing well at this time.
Astros vs. Indians Stats
Astros starter Justin Verlander went 16-9 with a 2.52 earned run average this season through 34 starts. Third baseman Alex Bregman led the team with 31 home runs and 170 hits this season to lead the high powered offense. The Houston Astros had the best team earned run average in all of baseball at 3.11.
2017 Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber finished with a 20-9 record this season and a 2.52 earned run average. The Indians had a lot of hitters have a great 2018 season, but none more than Jose Ramirez. Ramirez blasted 39 home runs this season and sports a .388 on-base percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor has paced the Indians with 183 hits.
Astros vs. Indians News
Astros manager AJ Hinch made some interesting decisions in regards to his ALDS roster. Hinch opted to carry rookie pitcher Josh James in the bullpen and left Hector Rondon and Joe Smith off the roster. Speedster Myles Straw was also selected to be a part of the ALDS roster, after appearing in just nine career MLB games.
The final spot on the Indians ALDS roster will be taking up by Rajai Davis. Davis is most famously remembered for hitting the dramatic home run off of Aroldis Chapman in game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Indians manager Terry Francona will likely use Davis as a pinch runner late in games during the series.
Astros vs. Indians Predictions
This game should be extremely low-scoring with two of the top pitchers in baseball on the mound. Both managers will look for opportunities to squeeze out a run, and the Astros play a better fundamental game than the Indians. Home field advantage will likely play a huge role in this series, and it will help the Astros in game one. Bet the Houston Astros -137 over the Indians on Friday afternoon.