MLB Predictions 2012: Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels

The Cleveland Indians (54-62) and Los Angeles Angels (60-56) will continue an American League series on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET

Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Angels 

The Cleveland Indians snapped their 10-game road losing streak last night in Anaheim

Cleveland snapped its 10-game road losing streak in capturing a 6-2 series-opening win against Los Angeles on Monday night, as the club looks to build on that effort in welcoming back its starting second baseman to the lineup.  Jason Kipnis has missed the last five games due to neck pain, but he’ll try to build upon his season totals of 11 home runs and 23 stolen bases in this affair.  Cleveland is 1-3 as a road underdog of +175 to +200 this season.

Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11, 5.25 ERA) snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 5-3 home win over the Boston Red Sox, giving up three runs and eight hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 4-8 with a 6.94 ERA in 13 road outings, issuing 48 walks and striking out 59 batters in 70 frames.  In two career starts versus the Angels, Jimenez has registered an 0-2 record and 4.30 ERA, including a 3-0 home loss on July 2.

Los Angeles is resorting back to its play in the opening month of the season, as last night’s setback moved the team’s record to 12-18 since the Midsummer Classic.  “It’s slipping through our fingers a little bit, and that’s frustrating,” commented Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson.  Much of the blame has landed on a underachieving pitching staff, but the lineup has gone 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position over the last five contests.  Los Angeles is 0-7 as a home favorite of -175 to -200 this season, with the “under” going 16-6 in that situation since 2010.

Angels starting pitcher Zack Greinke (9-4, 3.74 ERA) has watched his teams drop his last four efforts, with the final three coming with his new club since being acquired by trade from the Milwaukee Brewers.  The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in nine home outings, surrendering four home runs in 59.2 innings, but eight of those starts came at Miller Park.  In 27 career games (22 starts) versus the Indians, Greinke has compiled an 8-9 record and 3.80 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 5.32 ERA in four starts in his last year with the Kansas City Royals in 2010.

Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 5-2 record after three or more losses, while the Indians are 30-41 in August since 2010.

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