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Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Prediction,
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and Odds - 5-21-2019

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#913 Oakland
A's 8
#914 Cleveland
Indians -125

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:10pm

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Game Stats

Oakland A's
C. BASSITT

23 - 25

2
W's
1
L's
1.93
ERA
0.92
WHIP

Cleveland Indians
T. BAUER

25 - 21

4
W's
2
L's
3.76
ERA
1.16
WHIP

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The Oakland Athletics will be trying to move out of the bottom of the AL West standings when they take on the Cleveland Indians in the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday night. The game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland. It is scheduled to begin at 6:10 PM. ET.

Chris Bassitt, 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA, will start for the Athletics. The Indians will send Trevor Bauer, 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA, to the mound.

Athletics Going For Second Consecutive Series Win

The Athletics are coming off a series win over the Detroit Tigers and will be trying to win their second consecutive series when they play the Indians on Tuesday. They will also be going for their second series win over the Indians this season after taking two out of three games from Cleveland last week.

Oakland hasn’t played very well on the offensive end so far, but they have done well in their last three games and are averaging 9.33 runs per game in that span. Their .242 batting average is 22nd in the league, while their .318 on-base percentage is 18th. The Athletics have scored 227 runs so far, which is 13th in the league.

The Athletics have done a better job on the mound. Their pitching staff has a 4.17 ERA, which is 12th in the league. Their opponents’ .238 batting average is 11th, while their 22 quality starts are sixth.

In his last start, Bassitt gave up four hits and zero earned runs in eight innings, helping the team get a 17-3 win over the Tigers. They will need a similar effort from him to get the win in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Indians Trying To Stay Hot

The Indians have played well since they lost their series against the Athletics last week and won five of their last seven games going into this series. They will try to keep the momentum going and pick up another series win when they play the Athletics on Tuesday.

Like the Athletics, the Indians have struggled offensively. The team’s .225 batting average is 25th, their .312 on-base percentage is 21st, while their .363 slugging percentage is 29th. The 179 runs they have scored is 23rd in the league.

Despite their offensive struggles, the Indians remain one of the best pitching teams in the league. Opponents are batting .227 against the Indians, which is fifth in the league. Their 3.52 ERA is fifth, while their 423 strikeouts are ninth in the league.

In his last start, Bauer gave up five hits and seven earned runs in five innings, but the Indians were able to rally and get a 14-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles. With Bassitt not giving up a lot of runs in recent starts, the Indians can’t afford to have Bauer give up as many runs as he did in his last start.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Indians have played well over the past week, but they have struggled in Bauer’s last three starts, with the right-hander giving up 17 runs in 17 innings. The Athletics have also played well over the past week and have also played well with Bassitt on the mound, winning six of his last seven starts against teams with winning records.

Prediction: Oakland Athletics +120

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Athletics and Indians are averaging 14.33 combined runs per game in their last three games. The Athletics have gone over the total in their last six road games against teams with winning records and in five of their last six road games against right-handed starters. The Indians have played over the total in five of Bauer’s last six home starts and in five of Bauer’s last seven starts.

Prediction: Over 7.5

First Five Innings Side Pick
Rating:

The Athletics will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Indians in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging four runs per game while the Indians average three runs per game. Bassitt has given up only seven runs in his last five starts so don’t expect to see a lot of runs from Cleveland while he is on the mound.

Prediction: Oakland Athletics +120

First Five Innings Total Bet
Rating:

The Athletics and Indians are averaging seven combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and will go over the first five inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 4

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