Wednesday MLB Free Play: Oakland A’s at Cleveland Indians

Matt is 20-6 on MLB freebies this season, including seven wins in a row. He turns his attention to Ohio on Wednesday afternoon for an American League clash between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A’s.

Event: (963) Oakland Athletics at (964) Cleveland Indians
Sport/League: MLB
Date/Time: May 22, 2019 1PM EDT
Play: Total Under 9.5 (-111)

Frankie Montas is 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA in nine starts with four of them going under. He’s been fantastic giving up 22 runs and 50 hits in 54 innings with 52 strikeouts and 11 walks. Montas is coming off a great win at Detroit with 10 K’s and two runs allowed in a near complete game. The righty held the Indians to two runs and eight hits at home back on 5/10 striking out seven while walking one over six innings. Cleveland’s offense is very inconsistent and are hitting around .225 as a unit. They’ve gone under in 27 of their 47 contests overall. Now Oakland’s bullpen isn’t great, but hopefully they won’t have to cover a ton of innings. Jefry Rodriguez is coming off a losing effort at home against the O’s which is a concern but overall he’s allowed 12 runs and 28 hits in just over 31 innings. He’s starting to use his offspeed stuff more and it’s helping him. Oakland is another lineup that has been up and down. Khris Davis was placed on the IL and he can be one of their better hitters. The Indians bullpen has been pretty good for the most part and has held a bunch of leads with 13 saves in 16 chances. Day game after a “night” game so we may see some bench guys. Give me the under in this one.


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Matt Josephs

Known as "Mid Major Matt" in the sports handicapping world and as Matt Josephs, writer for Athlon Sports, Matt specializes on the mid-major/non power five games and only handicaps Baseball, NFL, College Football and College Basketball.

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