MLB Predictions: Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Chicago Cubs (23-32) and Los Angeles Angels (25-33) will open up a two-game interleague series Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels
Chicago has dropped two games in a row, including an 8-4 setback to the Arizona Diamondbacks as +115 home underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the total for a second consecutive contest. “The pieces are here, and it’s just a matter of having better timely hitting throughout the season,” commented Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney. Entering this affair, the team’s starting pitchers have compiled a 3.64 ERA and held opponents to a .231 batting average. Chicago is 5-1 versus American League opponents this year, with the betting total offering no edge (2-2-2 Over/Under).
Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.82 ERA) picked up a 9-3 home victory over the Chicago White Sox, as he allowed two runs and six hits over six frames, while failing to issue a walk and striking out seven batters. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 4.23 ERA in five road games, with opposing hitters batting .255 against him. In 20 career games (11 starts) versus the Angels, Feldman has compiled a 4-6 record and 5.50 ERA.
Los Angeles will look to get back on track after suffering a four-game sweep against the Houston Astros, with the offense combining to score just eight runs over that span. “A switch flipped off,” commented Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels are definitely one of the better teams in the league when outfielder Mike Trout is making things happen offensively, as they’ve posted a 19-10 record when he scores a run. Los Angeles is 14-17 at home with the OVER going 19-12 in that situation.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.71 ERA) earned a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first appearance since April 7 last time out, as he allowed one run and five hits over six frames. The right-hander was 11-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 15 home starts a season ago, with opposing hitters batting just .181 against him. Weaver hasn’t lost an interleague appearance since June 20, 2009, going 8-0 with a 1.94 ERA over that 12-game span.
Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 5-1 record in their last six games as a home favorite of -151 to -200.