In the last of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (66-48) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-67) at Progressive Field, Trevor Bauer (8-5, 3.88 ERA) and Jered Weaver (8-9, 5.19 ERA) get the ball. The Angels lost the last game 5-1, extending a nine-game losing streak. Cleveland can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and will air on STOh, FSW and TBS.
In his last start, Bauer pitched 6.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-1 victory over the Nationals. Mike Napoli (.263, 76 Rs, 29 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Cubs 5-1 the last time Weaver pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two.
Cleveland is a heavy -190 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Indians have a 50-34 record and overall money line at +583. The Indians come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Indians rank third in the AL in hits with 9.1 per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 93 steals. Cleveland's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.8 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average. The Indians are the best in the AL in hits allowed, giving up just 8.3 per game.
On the other side, the Angels have a subpar record of 25-44 when they are the underdog and are -1,736 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 2-8 SU and has a poor 0-6 record when it was an underdog to win. 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 6.2 strikeouts per road game. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allowed 7.0 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.8.
The Indians have gotten the best of the Angels in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. This game will feature Weaver (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 43-37 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Bauer. They sport a 34-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the 18th time this season.
The Indians managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are coming in with a 3-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Indians are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Angels currently have a losing streak of nine.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-10. The Indians have a 52-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 525 this season. Cleveland ranks fourth with 583 runs.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 342 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 359.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 48-30. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 35-36 record.