Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Baseball Prediction: May 8th 2013
Baseball Picks: May 8th 2013
Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians
Prediction: Under 8.5 -110 odds
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This is a 1* baseball pick on the “under” between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night (7:05 EST).
AJ Griffin (3-2, 3.79 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Griffin got back on track in his last outing vs. the Yanks on Friday, holding New York to just six hits over seven frames of work to go along with four K’s and one walk (note that Griffin was 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA on the road last season). Griffin will be opposed by Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.64 ERA) who is coming off an outing to forget in which he gave up five runs off eight hits with two walks over 6 2/3’s innings of work vs. Minnesota on Friday, striking out five (note that Masterson finished with a very respectable 3.62 ERA in front of the home town crowd last year). After losing eight straight in this series, the Indians have taken the first two games of this four-game set including yesterday’s contest 1-0: “When you pitch you have a chance to win the game,” Indians’ manager Terry Francona said last night. “We didn’t do a whole lot offensively.” Cleveland has won eight of its last nine by allowing an average of 2.3 runs and recording three shutouts in that span; Masterson has a big opportunity to get untracked tonight vs. this struggling Oakland team. After a quick start the A’s have stumbled offensively of late; while they did take two of three from the Yanks over the weekend, they’ve plated 16 total runs while losing four of six since scoring 29 runs during a three-game win streak. I believe the table is set for a classic pitchers duel tonight and look for these two competent starters to battle each other into the latter frames and for this one to fall below the posted number in the end.