Carlos Carrasco (7-6, 3.17 ERA) and Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 2.04 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (64-48) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-65) at Progressive Field. The Angels lost the last game 14-4, continuing a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on STOh and FSW.
Carrasco pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Yankees. Mike Napoli (.261, 75 Rs, 29 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 4 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and four RBIs. Skaggs went 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking three in an 8-6 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Mike Trout (.313, 89 Rs, 22 HRs, 75 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -140 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of +383 and a record as the favorite of 48-34. The Indians have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in offense with 5.0 runs per game. The Indians are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.0 per game. Cleveland is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 84 bases. Cleveland's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2.
Over in the other dugout, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of -1,536 and a disappointing record of 25-42 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record and a 3-7 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL. The Angels are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.3 hits per road game. Los Angeles is excellent at not striking out on the road with an AL-low 6.2 per game.
The Indians lead the season series, 3-1. The Indians have a great 11-4 record at home (21-11 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Skaggs takes the mound. Carrasco (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 34-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of 10 runs. The Angels are 2-2 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Indians have a 4-2 record in blowouts.
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.
The Angels managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 30-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-10. The Indians have a 50-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 521 this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with 565 runs.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 336 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 356.
The Indians are 47-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 35-35 when they hit at least one homer.