Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels meet on Monday in Cleveland for game one of their series. The Angels are -155 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians continue to compete and stay well within striking distance of the Chicago White Sox in the A.L. Central. The Indians are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 20-18 at home this season, and they are 1.5 games back in the division. As a team the Indians are hitting .254 with Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .300, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .287, and Michael Brantley hitting .280. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.62 with the starters at 4.68 and the bullpen at 4.49. For game one against the Angels Cleveland starts Ubaldo Jimenez who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Jimenez has allowed 83 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 65 over 88.1 innings of work for a 4.69 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels are trying to secure their spot in the post season while at the same time they are trying to take dead aim at the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West. The Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 22-18 on the road this season, and they are six games back in the division. As a team the Angels are hitting .268 with Mike Trout hitting .339, Mark Trumbo hitting .312, and Howard Kendrick hitting .279. As a team the Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.52 with the starters at 3.68 and the bullpen at 3.15. For game one against the Tribe Los Angeles starts Jered Weaver who has won his last three decisions. For the season Weaver has allowed 57 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 66 over 81.2 innings of work for a 2.31 ERA.
Cleveland is 5-1 in their last six games against the A.L. West, 3-6 in their last nine games overall, and 2-5 in Jimenez’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 15-3 in their last 18 road games, 6-2 in their last eight games against the A.L. Central, and 36-15 in Weaver’s last 51 starts. Los Angeles is 5-2 in Weaver’s last seven starts against the Indians.
The total in this one is set at eight and with two pitchers who have thrown no hitters I look for it to stay under that number.