Looks to be a potentially low-scoring game Friday night when the Angels and Indians open a series in Cleveland. It’s young Jaime Barria for the Halos and underrated Mike Clevinger for the Tribe, who will be solid MLB betting favorites.
How to Bet Angels vs Indians MLB Spread & Pick
- When: Friday, 7:10 PM ET
- Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Jaime Barria/Mike Clevinger
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Spread: Cleveland Indians -215 / Los Angeles Angels +175 (Total 9)
Why Bet on LA Angels?The Halos bring a four-game skid into this one after losing 4-2 at Tampa Bay on Thursday to be swept three games. Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte had run-scoring grounders in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has lost 20 of 27 away from home after starting off 18-8 on the road.After being held out of the starting lineup again, Shohei Ohtani struck out as a pinch-hitter Thursday. Ohtani has started just one of the last four games, going 1-for-5 on Tuesday. He’s batting .200 with three homers and a 24/5 K/BB ratio in 65 at-bats since coming off the disabled list a month ago.David Fletcher went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Angels’ leadoff man in Thursday’s loss. Fletcher is playing every day now with Ian Kinsler gone, but he has cooled off of late, going 5-for-27 in his last seven games. He’s hitting .278/.321/.373 in 126 at-bats overall.Angels star Mike Trout didn’t play due Thursday to a sore right wrist and is listed as day to day. The center fielder was hurt sliding during a stolen base attempt of third base on Wednesday night. X-rays and an MRI both turned up negative.“I caught my hand,” Trout said. “Kind of weird. Felt like I just jammed it pretty bad. We taped it and tried to do as much as we could during the game (Wednesday). But when I woke up it was pretty sore.”There’s no opening line here because of Trout – he’s that good. No other position player would likely cause a TBA. He told reporters that he’s hoping to play in Friday night’s series opener.It’s Jaime Barria (6-7, 3.74) on the mound. Barria surrendered two runs on five hits over six innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners. Barria struck out two without walking a batter on the evening. Both runs on his line scored via solo home runs, both off the bat of Nelson Cruz. Those shots came in the second and fourth innings. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 1.19 WHIP and 56/22 K/BB ratio (83 innings) this season. The rookie is slated to make his first career start against the Indians.
Why Bet on Cleveland?The Tribe was off Thursday after winning two of three in Minnesota to open this week. Brad Hand logged 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball for his 26th save Wednesday in the 2-0 Indians win. Closer Cody Allen got the afternoon off after pitching on both Monday and Tuesday. Hand struck out two and walked one while giving up one hit. The left-hander has pitched well for his new club, compiling a 1.29 ERA since joining the Indians prior to the trade deadline from San Diego.Jose Ramirez chipped in with two hits Wednesday. Ramirez singled in the sixth but was erased later in the inning on an unsuccessful steal attempt. He also contributed a double in the eighth. That was his 29th double of the year, which ranks ninth in the American League. Ramirez is tied with J.D. Martinez for the major league lead in home runs (both have 32) and also leads the AL with 25 steals. Edwin Encarnacion reached base twice Wednesday. The 35-year-old DH has swung a hot bat since the All-Star break, batting .325 with 11 RBI over 40 second-half at-bats.It’s Mike Clevinger here. Clevinger (7-7, 3.43) gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight in five innings Saturday against the Tigers. It was a very close call as to whether Clevinger would even be able to make this start, as he was physically ill just hours before the game got underway and needed two IVs and antibiotics to get right.Clevinger is due to face the Angels for the second time this season, after making his season debut on April 2 at Los Angeles. He earned the win after tossing 5.1 shutout innings on four hits (2BB, 5K) in Cleveland’s 6-0 victory. Clevinger is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA (16ER/26.1IP) in four career starts against his former organization. Friday’s start will mark his 11th start at Progressive Field this season, where he has posted a 3-3 record with a 4.26 ERA (30ER/63.1IP).
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Angels are 1-5 in Barria’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Angels are 1-7 in Barria’s last 8 starts
- Indians are 7-1 in their last 8 games following an off day
- Indians are 4-0 in Clevinger’s last 4 starts vs. Angels
- LA is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- LA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games