Sunday night baseball on ESPN features the final game of a three-game series against the LA Angels (62-63) and the Cleveland Indians (60-61).
This has been a series to forget for the Angels as they were blown in the series opener on Friday night 9-1, and things didn’t get much better for them on Saturday as they were beaten 5-1.
LA Angels Preview: Pivotal series they let slip away
This series has not gone how the Angels had hoped after sweeping the Detroit Tigers in a three-game set. They find themselves back under .500 again this season with little time left to turn it around as the season’s end draws near.
Five unanswered runs were given up by the Angels in the first two innings, and the deficit proved to be too much to overcome in the series opener. The Indians tacked on a few more in the later innings to seal the win. Matt Suzuki had two hits and scored the lone run of the game.
Saturday’s game wasn’t much better for the Halo’s as they were downed 5-1. Reid Detmers got the nod fresh off a dominant start but was unable to continue his momentum in this one.
Left-hander Jose Suarez gets the start on Sunday night and is 5-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 appearances and seven starts. In 16 innings over August, the left has allowed nine runs and has yet to pitch past the 6th inning. This will be his first start against the Tribe this season.
Good news for the Halo’s as Mike Trout has started his progress towards a return and is participating in on-field activities. He has been playing catch and moving around in the outfield. He is getting closer to a rehab assignment which is a good sign.
Cleveland Indians Preview: Looking to complete the sweep
The Angels were in the hunt of chasing the playoffs or looking to earn a wild card spot, but the Indians have hurt those chances with two big victories. The Indians move to 8-11 in the month of August and are riding a two-game win streak.
Cal Quantrill takes the rubber for Cleveland on Sunday night. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 33 appearances this season; 15 of those have been starts. Quantrill has made four starts in August and, in 24 innings, has only allowed five total runs. In 13 innings, he allowed only one run to start the month but has cooled off since then and has given up five runs over his last 11 innings.
The Indians are led by Jose Ramirez, who has 28 home runs and 76 RBI’s on the season. Franmil Reyes has been a pleasant surprise for the Tribe, chipping in 22 homers and 66 RBI’s on the season. The Indians average 4.4 runs on the year against left-handers.
Angels vs Indians Betting Lines & Odds
Mybookie has the Indians as slight favorites at -135. The total is set at 9 runs in this contest.
Free Betting Pick
The Angels had been playing well heading into this series, and while there is no pitching edge for either team, the Angels desperately need a win. The Indians have been hot to kick off this series scoring 14 total runs in two games.
Both of these teams are one game under .500 and have struggled to find any type of consistency on the year. Expect the Indians to stay hot and come away with a series sweep on Sunday night.
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