Oakland has slim chances of winning the division, but their chances of advancing into the playoffs are decently high given the fact that two wildcards are offered this year. The A’s surged through July and thanks to a seven-game series with Cleveland, they have an excellent chance of earning the need amount of victories for a playoff berth.
Match: Oakland A’s vs Cleveland Indians
Bet: Oakland A’s Run Line -1,5
Odds: bet365 2.35
The hosts had to overcome a four run deficit in the opening game of the series, but rebounded in a convincing manner to win the match by two runs. It is less likely for Oakland to face a similar situation tonight, when they are sending Bartolo Colon against his former team. The veteran played his first games for the Indians and for six straight seasons he helped the franchise, until he got transferred to Montréal. Bartolo is in superb form, especially in front of his fans, where he conceded an average of less than two runs per match since early June.
Feeding on Cleveland’s misery
Time is quickly running out for the teams engaged in the race for a playoff spot, and it seems like all those who face the Indians are extracting the most from the series. Oakland will meet them seven times in August and the opening series is extremely important, since the A’s are trailing Texas by five victories. The home pitch record is impressive, with Oakland winning 24 of its 34 games and Colon was among the pitchers who carried the team.
The batting squad is red-hot and the offensive players have a good chance of improving their stats against Kluber who has a terrible 8.56 ERA. He was sent back and forth between minor leagues in the majors, but he is still looking for his first victory in 2012 and it’s unlikely to get it tonight. He struggles with his fastball and against Boston he didn’t last more than three innings, during which he gave up six runs. After the Indians squandered a four-runs lead, they will probably have to come from behind and patch things up if Kluber fails again.
Common sense and a keen eye for profit would suggest punters to go for a home win, but the odds are not high enough to provide the expected juice. For better value and reasonably low risks, it is recommended to push the envelope a little and count on Oakland to win by at least two runs. Bet365 has some juicy odds for the -1,5 Run Line and we have solid reasons to trust the hosts to cover that spread.