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Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels

There isn't much to analyze with the Cleveland Indians and Thursday's game in North America. The Indians have won 26 of 27 games and that winning percentage of .963 trumps all factors that you might look at. Even if someone could show that the Indians were disadvantaged in terms of the pitching matchup, home-and-away splits, and ballpark conditions you would still take Cleveland at anything longer than $1.35 straight-up just because they are winning at a rate unheard of in Major League Baseball. They aren't covering the -1.5 runlines like they used, but straight up-lines are frequently hitting at $1.50 and longer. Take the Indians at $1.67 with bet365 for Thursday's game on the moneyline.

Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves

The Washington Nationals covered the runline spread on Wednesday and they may yet do the same to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in North America. The Braves will host the game, but they've never been much of a home team this year. They enter Thursday just 34-42 as hosts while the Washington Nationals are an excellent 20 games over .500 on the road. That's a big reason to back the Nationals right there with bet365 at odds of $1.69 straight up.

However there's more reason than that to take an interest in this game. Mainly there are opposing pitchers starting that are at very different points in their careers. Atlanta's R.A. Dickey will be 43 years old soon and he has faded in the late-going of the season. That is exactly what you would expect from a player his age as the elder players are the ones more likely to fatigue and pick up injuries, even small and secret ones. That said, Dickey's ERA of 10.05 so far in September is still shockingly high.

Washington's Tanner Roark is in his athletic prime still at 30 years old. He has been solid in September with a 2.84 ERA. The straight-up pick is one option, but the value appears to be with taking Washington to cover a -1.5 runline again at odds of $2.20 with bet365.


The Houston Astros are the favourites to win the 2017 American League Championship Series this year. That's interesting for betting purposes, because the Astros are also a different team in recent weeks than they were for most of the season. They are the only division-leading team with a losing record over their last 30 games. They are just 12-18 in that stretch and injuries are partly to blame.

The Astros have been without shortstop Carlos Correa for a while and they have been without starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. for a while too. While those players are expected back soon, it may not be as simple as just getting them back and then having them play well. George Springer of the Astros is an example of a player that hasn't played well post-injury. Houston still look great to make the playoffs and avoid the wild-card game, but they are tough picks at this point to win the ALCS in October.

Injuries and trends aside, the Astros' also could be looked at in the context of the the hurricane that has flooded the city of Houston. Currently, the team is playing their home games in Florida. That's not something that will continue for much longer, but that the city of Houston is going through a tragedy is clear. The ramifications for the sports teams in the city can't be good as they are facing completely unexpected disruptions when it comes to their normal routines.

The Astros are priced at $3.50 in Ladbrokes' outrights to win the ALCS. That makes them co-favourites with Cleveland in that market with that particular firm, but most sportbooks have Houston shorter than the Indians. Boston and New York are the other serious candidates at this point.

The Astros have 79 wins, but both Boston and Cleveland are knocking for top seed in the playoffs. Those are very tough teams to beat at home, especially the Red Sox. However it's the Indians that are starting to look good for a repeat trip to the World Series. 

They've opened up a large lead in the AL Central, that means that they project to avoid the wild-card game, and the Indians don't have any kind of clear weakpoint. They are 36-29 from home, 38-27 on the road, 48-33 against the righties, and 26-23 against the lefties. With the latter stat the Astros are just 17-21 and that creates an area that can be exploited. 

The post-season match-ups aren't clear yet, but the Indians should be strong regardless of who they face. If Houston bump into a lefty for two games in a five-game series, that could really hurt them without even considering the other problems. Accordingly the Astros look over-rated while Cleveland should be taken at $3.90 with Sportsbet.

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