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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 16 August 2013 07:05

Indians at Athletics LinesDanny Salazar could be a pitcher of the future. Bartolo Colon is a pitcher of the present moment with a long past behind him. Young versus old is the showdown on tap this Sunday afternoon.

Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics – Sunday, August 18

In the realm of online sports betting, this game will be a very hard one to pick, at least when compared to other games in the majors. When looking at pay per head sites, you can make an informed guess on a given competition, but you must still concede that at the end of the day, you’re still guessing. You can bring information and facts to bear on your educated guess, but you can’t make guarantees. Games such as this one between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics are supremely challenging to even the most seasoned sports bettors around.

Assessing BSN Sports blog reviews during a baseball season will lead you to the conclusion that while neither team will be heavily favored in this contest, the Athletics deserve a slight advantage. First, let’s explain why this game feels like a toss-up before then outlining the rationale for an Oakland victory.

 

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon has managed to go just over two full months with an ERA of under three runs. Colon had an ERA of over three runs (3.14) on June 5, but as the second week of August arrived, Colon’s ERA was at 2.75. Few observers thought Colon would have been able to pull off such a feat this season, at age 40, when his powers as an elite pitcher had seemingly vanished. Colon was still a respectable pitcher in recent years, but this season, he has clearly elevated his game.

Yet, for all the ways in which Colon has regained a measure of form in 2013, he was not impressive on Aug. 7 in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. His fastball lost a few miles per hour on the radar gun, and the Reds knocked him out of the game before the end of the third inning. Colon is no sure thing in this game.

Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has made only three starts this season, and at age 23, he has a lot to learn. However, Salazar is also a big-time talent who is likely to be a member of the Indians’ starting rotation at the beginning of the 2014 season. Salazar struck out Detroit Tiger superstar Miguel Cabrera three straight times on Aug. 7 before allowing a home run to the reigning American League MVP on a fourth at-bat in the eighth inning. Salazar throws hard with a fluid and easy motion. He’s going to be hard for Oakland’s hitters to handle on Sunday.

When you make a betting play at an online sportsbook, you need to be able to frame an event in a larger context, and the context here is that while the pitching matchup is shrouded in uncertainty, the Indians are really struggling, especially at the plate. A four-game sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers has really demoralized this team, and on Monday night, Minnesota rookie Andrew Albers – who does not throw hard, by the way – shut out the Tribe. Cleveland is not hitting well, and it’s not hitting well even against pitchers who lack powerful arms. If Colon loses velocity again in this game, will Cleveland make him pay? Probably not. That’s a good reason to go with Oakland here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 August 2013 00:24
 
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