Pick Indians to Win as Anderson Will Cool Down the Astros High-Powered Offense

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, July 9, 2015 1:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015 1:04 PM UTC

The WHIP MLB pick of the day features a huge home/road dichotomy with the better pitcher. Find out which team I'm sure will help us cash in on the betting lines tonight!

Houston Astros (Oberholtzer) vs. Cleveland Indians (C. Anderson) 7:10 ET
The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians conclude their early week, 4-game set with this 7:10 ET time start. The Astros’ bats boomed in a 9-4 victory Monday night, but the last 2 evenings have been controlled by the quickly emerging Cleveland pitching staff, which authored a 2-0 victory Tuesday night behind Kluber and a 4-2 win last night behind Bauer. Tonight, it is a matchup of their rookie starter, Anderson, and the Astros’ Oberholtzer, who has once again been recalled from AAA ball.  Must favor the momentum of the Indians to win the series with the better momentum and better pitcher!  It’s never easy, however, to lay a price against the superior team. 

Houston continues to be one of the biggest stories in MLB. They have the No. 2 record in the AL at 49-38, trailing only the Royals in that regard, who are 49-33.  This is a huge upgrade for the Astros, who are a team who lost 90+ games in each of the 4 previous seasons.  Their +58 run differential is exceeded in AL action by only the booming bats of the Blue Jays.  But, the Astros have power in their own right, leading the majors with 121 HRs.  They had been on a 14-8 run prior to the Cleveland staff quieting their bats.  Their starter for tonight, Oberholtzer has been again recalled from AAA for this start.  He was sent there most recently, after allowing 6 runs in 1 1/3 IP in a 9-6 loss to NYY.  While in the Bigs this year, Oberholtzer has a 1.59 pure PLAY AGAINST WHIP

The Cleveland Indians are at last starting to play as projected. After a 14-23 start, Cleveland has gone 26-21 in their last 47 games, including a current 7-3 run.  Credit a pitching staff which is emerging as one of the strongest in the American League.  Biggest surprise of the group has been C. Anderson.  In 3 starts, Anderson has a 0.76 ERA, a 0.63 WHIP and a .171 BAA. In other words, he has been virtually unhittable. Anderson comes off a complete game (1-0) loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, in which he allowed only 6 hits.

As BERD (better record dog), it cannot be easy fading the high-powered Houston offense. But, it has been proven over the last 2 nights that they can be cooled by good pitching.  Anderson has offered just that in his brief, but highly effective, 3 starts. There is a huge edge between those outstanding numbers and that of Astros’ starter, Oberholtzer, who could kindly be characterized as a journeyman.    

MLB Pick: Take Cleveland Indians (C. Anderson)

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