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Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians / Los Angeles Angels -- O/U:
TV Channel
FS-1, SportsTime Ohio
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Angels could use a win after losing six of their last eight games following a series opening 7-3 loss to the Tribe on Friday. Matt Thaiss went 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs while Mike Trout went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double to round out L.A.’s scoring as a team in the loss. Albert Pujols and Kevan Smith each had a base hit as the Halos mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Taylor Cole took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits, recording just a single out in the start. The Angels did not have a starting pitcher listed at the time of posting.

The Cleveland Indians will look to keep the ball rolling after their series opening win on Friday. Carlos Santana and Yasiel Puig each had two RBIs while Roberto Perez added a solo home run. Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI to finish off Cleveland’s scoring in the win. Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado each had two hits with Mercado adding a double to round out the Tribe’s offense in the victory. Mike Clevinger got the win to improve to 6-2 on the year after allowing one run on three hits while walking four and striking out eight over 6.1 innings of work. Adam Plutko will start game two and is 3-2 with a 4.83 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s first career start against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 game two matchups. Cleveland is 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 36-16 in their last 52 games overall while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 Saturday games. Los Angeles is 7-21 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

I’d like to give the Angels a chance here, but the problem is that Los Angeles has come out flat over the last week or so and are hard to back in their current form even with all the talent in their lineup. Cleveland is back in one of those grooves and are playing very well at home and have flat out been a tough team to knock off over the last couple of months. The Indians have also had the Angels’ number head-to-head for quite some time, so I’ll side with the Indians for a win on Saturday.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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