In the third of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (65-48) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-66) at Progressive Field, Mike Clevinger (0-1, 6.97 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (6-12, 4.07 ERA) get the start. The Angels lost the last game 13-3, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will air on FS1.
In his most recent outing, Clevinger pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking four in a 9-2 victory over the Twins. Mike Napoli (.261, 75 Rs, 29 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Mariners 3-1 the last time Shoemaker pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out three. Mike Trout (.312, 90 Rs, 22 HRs, 75 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Cleveland is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Indians are 49-34 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +483. The Indians have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Indians rank third in the AL in hits with 9.1 per game. The Indians are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 92 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 6.7 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average.
Moving on to the away team, the Angels come into this game with a weak win percentage of .368 when playing as the underdog (25-43) and an overall money line of -1,636. Over the last 10 games, the team is winless as the underdog with a 0-5 record and 2-8 SU. The Angels rank fifth in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Los Angeles batters, who average an AL-low 6.1 strikeouts per road game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.8.
The Indians are 4-1 against the Angels this season. The Indians will take on a right-hander (Shoemaker) in this game and have a 43-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Clevinger will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 34-48 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians won their last game by a 10-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Angels are 2-3. The Indians are 5-2 in blowouts this season.
Los Angeles has won 38% (20-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 52% (26-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Angels need to step it up. The Indians have a record of 50-12 when opponents get eight hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-51. The Indians have an 8-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 110 this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with 150 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.99 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at third with 9.06.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.737). Cleveland ranks in the top five with an OPS of .772.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 27-54. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 40-42 record.