Matt Shoemaker (8-13, 3.98 ERA) and Dan Straily (10-6, 3.57 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (56-74) and the Cincinnati Reds (55-74) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and can be seen on FSW.
Shoemaker pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking one in an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays. C.J. Cron (.278, 35 Rs, 11 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run. Straily went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 3-0 win over the Rangers in his most recent start. Adam Duvall (.245, 72 Rs, 29 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Los Angeles and Cincinnati are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. In interleague play, the Angels have a 6-11 record SU. Los Angeles strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 6.0 per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.4 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.7.
Cincinnati is 5-12 SU against interleague opponents. Offensively, the Reds have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 6.1 during that stretch. The Reds are an excellent base stealing team with 112 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Angels have a 39-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Straily takes the mound. Shoemaker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 45-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN
After last game's shutout win against Detroit, the Angels now have nine shutouts this season. The Reds have been shut out in seven games this season.
The Los Angeles batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Cincinnati has a record of 3-28 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 7-58. The Reds have a 9-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Los Angeles ranks 25th with 124 homers and Cincinnati is 21st with 141.
Los Angeles and Cincinnati both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at eighth with 8.84 hits per game and Cincinnati ranks 10th with 8.46.
Ranking 24th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .733.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 37-62, well-matched with the Angels who are 30-60 when allowing at least one homer.