Sunday, October 7, 2018

MLB Monday ALDS: Astros Go For a Sweep of the Indians

Take #916 Cleveland Indians -122 over Houston Astros (1:30 PM ET Monday, October 8)

The Cleveland Indians face a must win situation when they host the Houston Astros in Game 3 of their American League Division Series. First pitch is slated for 1:30 PM ET at Progressive Field where the Tribe is a -122 moneyline favorite. The total is 8.5.

It’s win or go home for Cleveland (0-2, 0-0 home) which needs a victory to avoid a sweep and an early exit. The Indians were third in the majors in hits during the regular season but have managed just six so far in the series—five singles and a home run by Francisco Lindor. The Indians haven’t been swept in the postseason since Willie Mays and the New York Giants won four straight in the 1954 World Series.

Houston (2-0, 0-0 road) finished the regular season on an 8-2 run and has carried that momentum into the playoffs. They’ll look to Dallas Keuchel (12-11, 3.74 ERA), to complete the sweep and move into the ALCS. The veteran lefthander, who won two games in both the 2015 and 2017 postseasons, is 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in eight playoff appearances.

Houston went just 3-6 on the road in last years playoffs but won Game 7 of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles.

Mike Clevinger (13-8, 3.02 ERA) was downright dominating in the final two months of the regular season, going 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 11 starts. He’s 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 17 home starts this season and will be making his first playoff start after appearing in six October games as a reliever.

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