In the first of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (63-48) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-64) at Progressive Field, Corey Kluber (11-8, 3.16 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (3-7, 5.27 ERA) get the ball. The Angels go into this series looking to snap a six-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will air on STOh and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 8.0 innings, giving up two, striking out eight and walking one in a 5-2 victory over the Yankees. Mike Napoli (.253, 72 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Chacin pitched. He went 1.0 inning, allowing zero runs and striking out one in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners. Mike Trout (.312, 88 Rs, 21 HRs, 74 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
Cleveland is a considerable -230 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is eight runs. The Indians are 48-34 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +383. The Indians have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Indians rank fourth in the AL in hits with 9.0 per game. The Indians are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 83 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Cleveland's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.3 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average.
Across the field, the Angels have a subpar record of 25-41 when they are the underdog and are -1,436 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-4 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 3-7. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. The top road hitting team in the AL are the Angels, who average 9.4 hits in games away from home. The Angels average just 6.1 strikeouts per road game, good for least in the AL.
The Indians are 2-1 against the Angels this season. This game will feature Chacin (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 42-37 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Kluber will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 34-46 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Los Angeles has won 39% (20-31) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 51% (25-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 24-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-10. The Indians have a 49-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Los Angeles sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 517 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 551.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 332 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 352.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 46-30. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 35-34 record.