Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/28/14
Cleveland Indians (11-13) at Los Angeles Angels (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Justin Masterson (R) (0-0) (4.500) vs. Tyler Skaggs (L) (2-0) (3.214)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -121 / Cleveland Indians +111 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-W
The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels will begin a three-game series on Monday.
The Indians were just swept by the San Francisco Giants and have lost seven of their last 11 games overall, dropping to 11-14 on the season. The reason for the Indians struggles is due to a lack of offense, as Cleveland has been held to three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. In fact, the Indians are 3-11 when scoring three or less runs this season. While the Indians try to figure out their lineup, Justin Masterson will take the mound. Masterson is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and has struck out 30 batters in 28 innings. Masterson is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels just lost two of three to the New York Yankees and have lost five of their last eight overall. The Angels were held to five combined runs in their last two games, but have to be thrilled with the way Albert Pujols is hitting the ball lately. Pujols has five homeruns and 12 RBI in his last 10 games. The Angels pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in five of their last seven games. Tyler Skaggs gets the nod Monday, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 28 innings. This will be Skaggs first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-2 in Masterson's last 7 road starts and 2-7 in Masterson's last 9 starts as a road underdog. The Angels are 4-0 in Skaggs' last 4 starts and 20-8 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record. The Indians are 4-0 in Masterson's last 4 starts vs. Angels.
Neither team has been playing all that well, but Masterson is undefeated against the Angels in his career and has shown good form early in the season. Getting the Indians at plus money is worth a shot.