Cleveland Indians (2-2) at Los Angeles Angels (3-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -120 / Cleveland Indians +110 --- Over/Under: 8
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The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels meet Tuesday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians look for a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Indians offense has caught fire out the gate, producing 16 runs in their last five games and it also helps when the pitching staff puts together a shutout victory Monday night. Want the mind-blowing stat of the day? The Cleveland Indians are a ridiculous 35-3 in their last 38 regular season games when scoring more than one run. Yonder Alonso leads the Indians with four hits and five RBI while Lonnie Chisenhall and Edwin Encarnacion have combined for eight hits and four RBI. Josh Tomlin gets the ball, and he was 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA and 109 strikeouts last season. Tomlin is 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for a bounce back win to build on their 3-2 start to the MLB season. The Angels offense couldn’t get going Monday, but this is a squad that’s produced five or more runs in three of their first five games. The Los Angeles Angels usually hit well in their home park and have still produced four or more runs in four of they last six home games. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with nine hits and four RBI while Zack Cozart and Mike Trout have combined for 14 hits and seven RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Richards is 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 5-1 in Tomlins last 6 starts. The Angels are 13-4 in their last 17 during game 2 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 0-5 in Richards' last 5 starts. The Indians are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
Richards wasn't good in his season debut, but he's a pitcher who usually doesn't give up a ton of hits and was rather sharp in his limited action last season, especially at home. Tomlin is coming off a rather rough year in which he allowed a .294 batting average on the season and had an ERA of 4.57 on the road. The Los Angeles Angels have the offensive firepower to really jump on Tomlin, and there's no way they can swing the bats as badly as they did Monday. I like the Angels to get their first home victory of the season.