Cleveland Guardians vs. Los Angeles Angels April 28 Betting Preview

Cleveland Guardians vs. Los Angeles Angels April 28 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
2 years ago
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Guardians catcher Luke Maile hits a double in the top of the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels

Another day, another loss. The Cleveland Guardians (7-11) have now lost six in a row and will try to break the streak as they take on the Los Angeles Angels (12-7) on Thursday. Los Angeles will host this game at Angel Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 4:07 p.m.

The Guardians dropped Wednesday’s matchup 9-5 to the Angels. In the loss, Zach Plesac was shelled for seven runs (six earned) in just 3.2 innings of work.

Offensively, Jose Ramirez continued his torrid start by hitting two home runs and collecting four runs batted in. Owen Miller and Andres Gimenez combined for four more hits, but the Guardians struggled by leaving 12 on base.

Leadoff hitter Taylor Ward had the biggest night for Los Angeles going three for four with four runs scored and four runs batted in. He was a single shy of the cycle.

Betting Odds

The Angels are the favorites to finish the four-game sweep. They are -166 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +140. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-146), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.

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Pitching Matchup

Cleveland will turn to righty Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.94 ERA) to try to end the losing streak. In his last start, he took a no-decision after allowing three runs in 6.1 innings.

Los Angeles will counter with southpaw Reid Detmers. In three games, he has pitched 12.1 innings with a 6.57 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and has struck out 12 batters.

Guardians Fortunate By Division’s Woes

Despite sitting 7-11 overall and having lost six in a row, things could still be worse for the Guardians. They sit in third in the AL Central and are just three games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins.

While it is early to be focusing on standings, it is proof that the Guardians are not at the point of panic yet. Still, they would love to snap the winning streak and get back into the win column Thursday.

Jose Ramirez continues to prove why his extension might already be a steal. With his big night Wednesday, he is now hitting .353/.416/.735 with a team-leading six home runs, 25 runs batted in, and is tied for second on the team with nine runs scored.

Ramirez has also had success against Reid Detmers. Albeit in just two at bats, he is two for two with a home run and three runs batted in against the southpaw.

Angels Trying To Finish Sweep

With Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Noah Syndergaard in the fold, there are a lot of people that think the Angels could make a run at the AL West. Through 18 games, they sit tied for first in the division at 11-7.

On Thursday, they will try to add another to the win column as they look to finish the four-game sweep. At 7-3 in their last 10, they have certainly been a tough team for opponents to figure out lately.

While there are more recognizable names on the team, one of the Angels’ hottest hitters has been outfielder Taylor Ward. Through 38 at bats, he is hitting .395/.531/.816 with four home runs and nine runs batted in.

No one on the Angels has had much success against Cal Quantrill in their careers. In fact, in a combined 19 at bats, the Angels’ hitters have just three hits against the righty.

Cleveland Still Trying To Snap Losing Streak

Thursday presents another great opportunity for the Guardians to snap their losing streak. Cal Quantrill has quietly had a nice start to the season, and he is capable of putting up a lot of zeros on the board against Los Angeles.

Still, it is a matter of finding consistency for Cleveland. The five runs they scored Wednesday was nice, but the pitching let them down. If they can find a way to put it all together, they should be able to at least salvage the finale.

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