Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 8/20/13
2013-08-20 09:05:00 EDT
The Cleveland Indians try to keep climbing the standings Tuesday when they return to Anaheim to play the Los Angeles Angels.
LA was hurt by Cleveland’s four-run fourth-inning Monday to fall 5-2. The Indians scored via Carlos Santana’s single, Jason Giambi’s sacrifice fly, Logan Chisenhall’s home run and Nick Swisher’s HR. The Angels meanwhile just struck on Mark Trumbo’s RBI-single HR.
C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.40 ERA) chucks next for Los Angeles having won his last five decisions. Wilson gave up seven runs during 34.1 innings to pick up victories. Unfortunately in Wilson’s two no-decisions, one at home to the Toronto Blue Jays, a 6-5 Angels defeat, Wilson let in four runs, three earned, during 7.1 frames.
Cleveland will be looking to do more of the same, something they were unable to do Aug. 10 at Progressive Field. The Indians fell 7-2 despite dragging in two runs during 5.1 innings off of seven hits and four walks. Overall versus an erratic Wilson Cleveland is 38-of-137 with 15 RBIs and 17 walks. Swisher leads the Indians with 29 at-bats, 10 hits, four doubles, six RBIs, seven walks and seven strikeouts against Wilson.
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Cleveland was slated to respond with Zach McAllister (5-7, 3.61 ERA) who snapped a four-game skid with a 5-2 win at the Minnesota Twins Aug. 13. The Indians are 4-4 on the road with McAllister on the mound. McAllister’s only other away victory though came May 23 at the Boston Red Sox yielding three runs during five frames.
McAllister’s road losses have come at the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays surrendering 14 runs, 11 earned, during 22 innings. LA loaded in five runs, three earned, during six frames last July 3 in a 9-5 defeat to McAllister at Progressive. The Angels are 6-of-19 with five RBIs, three Mike Trout’s, versus McAllister. Home-field advantage pays off for Los Angeles Tuesday as well as not having to face McAllister who got the start Monday.