The Reds (65-61, 34-27 away) and Angels (61-65, 32-31 home) square off in two of this interleague series. Shohei Ohtani will take the mound for the Angels against Andrew Abbott for the Reds. See who I like to come out on top in this Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels showdown in Anaheim.
CINCINNATI REDS VS LOS ANGELES ANGELS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Cincinnati Reds +143
This game will be played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim at 4:07 ET on Wednesday, August 23rd.
WHY BET THE CINCINNATI REDS:
- The Reds will be taking on a Angels club that is just 3-7 over their last ten games.
- Over their last five games on the road, Cincinnati has a straight-up record of 3-2.
- In Andrew Abbott’s two most recent starts, the Reds are 2-0.
CINCINNATI REDS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
This season, the Reds have played a total of 40 series and are above .500 at 18-17-5. On the road, Cincinnati is 34-27 and 31-34 at home. Their overall record of 65-61 has the Reds sitting 3rd in the NL Central.
Andrew Abbott has been a reliable starter for the 2023 season, boasting an 8-3 record across 14 outings. His ERA of 2.99 is impressive, though he has allowed a home run in each of his last two appearances. Abbott’s WHIP sits at 1.12 with opposing batters having a .273 OBP against him, and he holds an impressive 88/27 strikeout to walk ratio.
Andrew Abbott earned the victory in his latest outing, as the Reds defeated the Guardians 7-2. The right-hander surrendered two runs on six hits in the contest.
So far this season, the Reds’ has gone deep 145 times, placing them 13th in the league. Over Cincinnati’s previous five games, they are 15th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.8 runs per game putting them 10th in the league. The Reds’ overall team batting average stands at .249 along with an OBP of .326.
Matt McLain has been a consistent presence in the Cincinnati lineup this season, boasting a .295 batting average and slugging .510. In the team’s last ten games, he has been their most productive hitter with the most hits, batting an impressive .256.
WILL THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
On an overall record of 61-65, the Angels are 4th in the AL West. In their 40 series, Los Angeles has gone 17-21-2 which includes losing each of their last three sets. On the road, the Angels are 29-34 and are 32-31 at home.
For the season, Shohei Ohtani has been impressive with an ERA of 3.17 across 22 outings. His overall record stands at 10-5 heading into the game against the Reds, and he will look to extend his streak of not giving up a home-run to four games. Opponents have had difficulty hitting him, with a SLG% of .324 and a batting average of .179.
Shohei Ohtani earned his fourth win of the season as he guided the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Giants. The two-way star tossed six innings of one-run, three-hit ball, earning himself a quality start in the process.
Over their last ten games, the Angels are ranked 18th in the league in scoring at 3.3 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 4.8 per contest puts them 9th in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, Los Angeles is 13th, with an OBP currently sitting at .322. The team’s collective batting average is .250 (12th).
Over the Angels’ last five contests, Brandon Drury has been at the top of the team’s hit list, batting .362. This season, he is hitting .269 and has brought in 55 runs.