Having fallen into a bit of a funk the Cleveland Indians have lost any hope of catching Minnesota in the AL Central race. Even worse, they’ve fallen behind both Tampa Bay and Oakland they both the Tribe did reveal signs of pulling from their doldrums this weekend by taking two of three in the Twins around the street.
Cleveland will now head west to complete this trip in Anaheim in which the Indians have experienced a great deal of recent success against the Angels, and they’ll have among their top hurlers on the hill for your opener when Shane Bieber (13-7, 3.24) appears for his 14th win of the year.
The Angels counter with rookie Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 4.91), and 5Dimes has Cleveland on a -155 currency line. The entire went on a flat-9, but has since fallen to 81/2 and leaning’over’
Terry Francona and his team arrive at Anaheim monitoring the Twins by 51/2 in the division chase, and supporting the A’s by 11/2 to the second wild card slot at the AL.. The Indians had dropped five of seven when they removed for Minnesota this weekend, along with the pitching staff did a excellent job holding the strong Twins lineup in check to win two .
Cleveland had dropped 4-straight Bieber begins before he overcome the White Sox at home a week, working seven strong innings and striking out eight. He was better at early-August against the Angels, going the distance in a win on a cash line at home.
The Angels are coming home from a road trip that saw them swept in Oakland a week prior to taking two of three from the White Sox at Toronto. Mike Trout stays with a sore toe, also was at Chicago from the lineup in the last two matches.
Sandoval was charged with one of those losses at Oakland, however he surrendered only 1 run in his 3 frames. It was the second consecutive start for the novice lefthander where the Angels were shut out, and Monday is his first appearance at Cleveland’s hitters.
The Indians enjoyed a home sweep of the Angels if the clubs have won the past five encounters to render them 18-4 in the rivalry, and met in August. Totals are 1-4 O/U throughout the current series of Cleveland, also 1-3 O/U the last four at Anaheim.
Nothing but clear skies and comfortable temps in the Anaheim forecast for Monday, Sandoval’s very first pitch coming with the thermometer at the mid-70s and a 9-12 miles SW breeze (out to center). I’m riding with all the visitors in this .
Free MLB Pick: Indians (-155) at 5Dimes