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Betting Predictions For Athletics Indians – Athletics Head To Cleveland Without Colon

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 8/23/2012 6:27:07 PM

After an absolutely dominant month of July by any standards, most sports betting experts predicted the Oakland Athletics would slow down and fall back down in the mix of teams on the outside of the playoff race looking in. However, pushed by a pitching staff that ranks fifth in the majors in ERA as well as some timely offense, Oakland is right there in the thick of things holding down one of the two American League Wild Card spots heading in to this week. The road to the postseason won’t get any easier as the Athletics travel to Cleveland to play the Indians this week, following news that they will be without their top starter for the remainder of the season. Bartolo Colon tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a major blow to an underdog team that most baseball fans are still cheering for.

Oakland Athletics @ Cleveland Indians

Monday, 7:05 PM ET

Colon actually led Oakland with 10 wins and a 3.43 ERA and his production will be hard to make up for. Brett Anderson looked sharp in his return to the majors, as he allowed just one earned run over seven innings, with six strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins last week. The 24-year old Anderson isn’t going anywhere following the suspension to Colon, and he’ll give the Athletics a favorable matchup opposite Roberto Hernandez this week. Hernandez has given up nine runs in consecutive losses in his first two starts for the Indians this season, and his ERA is 6.75.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics @ Cleveland Indians

Tuesday, 7:05 PM ET

25-year old Tommy Milone takes over as the Athletics’ only available starter with 10 wins, but if he is going to be a consistent leader he will need to bring his 3.87 ERA down. Milone didn’t look bad in a 6-4 win over Cleveland in his last meeting against them a couple of weeks ago, striking out six and giving up just seven hits despite giving up all four runs. Chris McAllister will get the start opposite Milone for the Indians, and despite a 3.50 ERA the team has lost four of his last five sportsbook starts due to a severe lack of run support from a 20th ranked offense that has been very inconsistent all year.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics @ Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, 7:05 PM ET

Considering the way that the Athletics have played and how important this series is, it’s hard to bet against them unless they face a very unfavorable matchup. That won’t happen in this series as Corey Kluber starts for a Cleveland team looking to avoid the sweep. The Indians have lost all four games that Kluber has started, and his 6.27 ERA is actually down after pitching five scoreless innings in a loss to Oakland last week. The Athletics should be able to figure Kluber out the second time around, as they send Tyson Ross to the mound for his second online betting start of the season versus the Indians. Ross gave up just one-earned over 6.2 innings with four K’s in a win over Cleveland earlier this year.

MLB Betting Pick: Cleveland Indians

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