Danny Salazar (11-7, 3.30 ERA) and Andrew Heaney (5-2, 3.39 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (60-66) and the Los Angeles Angels (65-62) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and can be seen on STOh and FSW.
Salazar pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 6-2 defeat to the Yankees. Jason Kipnis (.325, 72 Rs, 7 HRs, 44 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Heaney went 3.1 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out three and walking three in a 15-3 defeat to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Mike Trout (.295, 81 Rs, 33 HRs, 73 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Cleveland and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Indians are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
The Angels have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 333 extra base hits. The Angels allow 4.1 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.4 runs per game during that span.
The Angels lead the season series, 2-1. The Indians have a bad 5-14 record at home (15-27 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Heaney takes the mound. Salazar (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 46-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle
After last game's shutout win against the Detroit, the Angels now have 11 shutouts this season. The Indians have been shut out in nine games this season.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 5-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-49. The Angels have a 15-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 104 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 135.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.16 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.63.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.696). Cleveland ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .720.
The Angels are 32-51 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 37-54 when they allow at least one homer.