Cleveland Guardians vs. Los Angeles Angels April 27 Betting Preview
Wednesday night features the third game of a four-game series between the Cleveland Guardians (7-10) and the Los Angeles Angels (11-7). Los Angeles will host this one at Angel Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 9:38 p.m.
The Angels have taken the first two games of this series including a 4-1 win on Tuesday. In the win, Angels’ starter Patrick Sandoval threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out nine.
Mike Trout stayed hot for Los Angeles going two for three with his fifth home run of the season. In total, the Angels had eight hits.
Offensively, the Guardians’ woes continued as they scored just one run on four hits. They struck out 12 times and left eight on base in the defeat.
The Angels are the favorites playing at home in this one. They are -205 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +172. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-120), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.
This one has the potential to be quite the pitcher’s duel. For Cleveland, they will send righty Zach Plesac (1-1, 1.53 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. In 17.2 innings this season, he has struck out 10 while posting a 1.08 WHIP.
The Angels will turn to ace Shohei Ohtani (1-2, 4.40 ERA) to take the third game of this series. In Ohtani’s last start, he picked up the win over Houston after going six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 12. In total, he has 26 strikeouts in just 14.1 innings.
Bats Need To Get Hot For Guardians To End Losing Streak
The losing streak is now up to five games for Cleveland since they swept an abbreviated three-game series against the White Sox. In those five games, the offense has been anemic as the Guardians have scored a combined eight runs.
Going up against Shohei Ohtani won’t help either, although Jose Ramirez, Franmil Reyes, and Amed Rosario are a combined 4 for 6 off of the righty.
Still, the Guardians offense has to pick it up if they want to break through and snap the losing streak. In the last eight games, the Guardians are collectively hitting .217/.266/.326. Against a team like the Angels, who are off to a strong start, that simply won’t cut it.
Angels Look To Stay Hot
After starting the season 4-4, the Angels have been on a tear as of late winning seven of their last 10 games. Part of their success has been due to an offense that has dominated as of late.
In fact, this season they rank second in the majors in OPS at .756. They also rank second in home runs (24), fourth in runs batted in (82), fourth in runs scored (86), and sixth in walks (67).
Surprisingly, they have had this success despite a relatively slow start from Shohei Ohtani. Through 75 at bats, he is hitting .213/.272/.373 with three home runs and nine runs batted in. He has had success against Plesac, though, as he is two for four against the righty with a home run.
While Ohtani has started off slowly, another perennial MVP candidate, Mike Trout, has been on fire. He is currently hitting .347/.458/.776 with a team-leading five home runs and 13 runs scored.
Losing Streak Demoralizing Guardians
The last time that the Guardians won a game, a 6-3 win over the White Sox, Zach Plesac got the start. On Wednesday, he will look to help Cleveland get back into the win column for the first time in almost a week.
At this point, most of the pressure is on the offense’s shoulders. After carrying the team in the first week of the season, they have fallen flat averaging just 1.6 runs per game over this losing streak.
Things won’t get any easier on Wednesday as they have to face off with Shohei Ohtani. With Plesac on the mound, the Guardians’ offense doesn’t have to put up a crooked number in order for Cleveland to win, but they have to at least do enough to give the team a chance to win.
After giving up six runs in 3.2 innings back on April 14, Ohtani is not immune to being hit hard, but the Guardians will certainly have their work cut out for them to not have their losing streak extend to six games.
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