Mike Fiers (2-1, 5.35 ERA) and the Houston Astros (12-20) meet Corey Kluber (2-3, 3.35 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (15-13) in the first of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and will air on STOh and RTSW.
In his last start, Fiers pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 16-4 victory over the Twins. Jose Altuve (.325, 30 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 13 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs and three stolen bases. The Indians were also victorious the last time Kluber pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. Mike Napoli (.232, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Indians -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Astros are 3-5. The Indians are 5-7 in close games this season.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 1-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 3-16. The Indians have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Cleveland has hit 26 this season. Houston ranks seventh with 41 home runs.
Ranking 25th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.66 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.43.
Ranking 18th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .740.
The Indians are 9-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 8-15 when they allow at least one homer.