Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will be facing off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio will showcase this AL showdown and the opening pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians Odds

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Oddsmakers have listed Cleveland (-165) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+155). The total sits at 9 runs and bettors can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -140 for the Angels +1.5 runs and +120 for the Indians -1.5.

The Angels are 55-57 SU and have gone 48-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 23.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 60-49 SU and 52-56 ATS. They’ve lost 16.9 units for moneyline bettors and 9.9 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 56-48-4 in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 49-54-8.

Tyler Skaggs is getting the nod for the visiting Angels. The left-handed Skaggs (8-7, 3.34 ERA) has recorded 118 strikeouts in 113.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA against Cleveland this year.

The Indians are handing the ball to righty Shane Bieber (5-2, 4.73 ERA), who’s got 51 strikeouts and 10 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.42. Bieber has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.74 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.81, along with a WHIP of 1.28.

Angels hitters have slashed .245/.320/.418 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons continue to lead Los Angeles offense. Trout is slashing .309/.459/.624 with 30 home runs, 60 RBIs, 82 runs and 21 stolen bases, while Simmons has a .302 average with six homers, 49 RBIs and 53 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 4.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43, a WHIP of 1.15 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.3. The bullpen has a 5.05 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

The Cleveland hitters have produced 5.1 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The teams hit .241/.333/.392 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Indians offense has been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez. Lindor is slashing .291/.373/.559 with 27 home runs, 67 RBIs, 94 runs and 16 stolen bases, while Ramirez’s line is .300/.406/.624 with 32 homers, 79 RBIs, 77 runs and 26 stolen bases.

The Angels have gained 6.3 units and are 40-40 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 37 of those games, compared to 38 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have netted 3.0 units and are 16-13 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 15 of those games, compared to 13 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Indians have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 24.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.0 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Indians have hit 15 over their last 10.