The Los Angeles Angels (44-35) and Cleveland Indians (40-38) will open up a three-game American League series on Monday night at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET
Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles improved to 15-3 in its last 18 road games with a convincing 10-6 win over Toronto Sunday afternoon, as the club has totaled double-digit-hit games in each of its last seven contests. The Angels continue to get incredible production out of rookie leadoff hitter Mike Trout, who is leading the AL with a .339 batting average. Los Angeles is 1-6 on the road with a total of 8 to 8.5 this year, with the “under” going 4-2 in those contests.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (8-1, 2.31 ERA) has won his first two starts since coming off the disabled list with a back injury, including a 13-1 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out, giving up one run and six hits over 6.2 innings. The right-hander has gone 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in seven road outings, issuing 14 walks and collecting 33 strikeouts in 43 frames. In 13 career starts versus the Indians, Weaver has tallied a 5-2 record and 3.14 ERA.
Cleveland took three of four games in Baltimore as it returns home from a 4-6 road trip, including a 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. “You’re never as good as people think or as bad as some other people think you are,” stated Indians manager Manny Acta. The Indians offense broke out for 32 runs in their four games against the Orioles, which was a surprise after playing just 13 in their previous six games. Cleveland is 3-2 as a home underdog of +125 to +150 this season, with the “under” going 4-1 in those contests.
Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 4.69 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over its last four games, dropping a 5-4 road decision to the New York Yankees last time out, surrendering four runs on four hits over six frames. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six home outings, as opposing hitters are batting .193 against him. He allowed four runs on seven hits over seven frames in his only career start against the Angels on June 23, 2009.
Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 14-5 record in Weaver’s last 19 starts as a road favorite of -110 to -150, while the Indians are 1-7 in their last eight games as an underdog of +110 to +150.