Los Angeles Angels at Cincinnati Reds
|Date & Time||Monday August 5, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Great American Ball Park
The Line: Los Angeles Angels / Cincinnati Reds -- Over/Under:
The Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds meet Monday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Los Angeles Angels could use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Angels have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. David Fletcher leads the Angels with 112 hits and 39 RBI while Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun have combined for 203 hits and 146 RBI. Patrick Sandoval will make his major league debut when he takes the ball tonight. Sandoval was 20-18 with a 4.01 ERA and 383 strikeouts in his minor league career.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Reds have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 104 hits and 71 RBI while Joey Votto and Jose Iglesias have combined for 201 hits and 76 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 10-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. This will be Castillo’s first career game against the Angels.
The Angels are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games, 10-4 in their last 14 vs. National League Central and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series. The Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games, 4-9 in their last 13 interleague home games and 17-8 in Castillo's last 25 home starts. The Angels are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 21-6 in Castillo's last 27 starts overall. The under is 33-14-4 in Angels last 51 interleague games.
Patrick Sandoval is one of the better prospects in the Angels farm system and is averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings in his time this year in AAA and AA. Castillo has allowed 27 hits and 11 runs in his last 31.2 innings, and he has a 2.20 ERA and .178 allowed batting average in 82 innings at home this season. Sandoval has the potential to be a consistent starter for the Angels for years to come, but I rarely back pitchers making their debut simply due to the unknown. Castillo has also been money for the Reds all season, especially at home. Give me the home team.