Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this Junior Circuit matchup at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.
Nice way to start things
Cleveland scored twice in the ninth inning to pick up a 2-0 season-opening victory over Oakland as +131 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.
The Tribe posted a MLB-best 25-8 record against American League West opponents in 2013—the club’s highest win percentage (.758) versus that division since the 1994 realignment.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 22-22 in April, with the UNDER going 22-20 in that situation.
Opening Day blues
Oakland set a MLB record by suffering its 10th straight Opening Day loss, as new closer Jim Johnson endured a shaky debut in allowing a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
The Athletics were unable to get much going offensively, with the lineup producing five hits—four of them being singles.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 27-15 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber was magnificent in his final spring start last Thursday, as he allowed two runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks on five hits and one walk over seven innings.
The right-hander went 6-3 with a 4.98 ERA in 13 road games a season ago, with opposing batters hitting .288 against him.
In three career games versus the Athletics, Kluber has compiled a 0-2 record and 2.19 ERA.
Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir enjoyed a solid Spring Training, as he finished with a 1-0 record and 1.62 ERA.
The left-hander will be facing his former team for the first time since signing a two-year contract with Oakland during the offseason. He went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts in his only year as a member of the Indians.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Indians as one of their MLB picks, as the Athletics are 1-5 in their last six games as favorites of -110 to -150.