Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Guardians September 12 Betting Preview
After sweeping the Twins, the Cleveland Guardians (73-65) will look to keep it rolling as they host the Los Angeles Angels (61-79) in the first of a three-game series Monday. The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
Over the weekend, the Angels lost two of three to the Houston Astros, including a 12-4 drubbing in Sunday’s finale. In the loss, Tucker Davidson gave up four runs on five hits in two innings of work.
Offensively, Shohei Ohtani led the way for Los Angeles, going two for four with a home run and two runs batted in. Mickey Moniak and Jo Adell also had two hits apiece in the loss.
Cleveland’s sweep of the Minnesota Twins ended with a 4-1 victory on Sunday. In the win, Shane Bieber went 6.1 innings, allowing a single run on five hits. He also had seven strikeouts in the victory.
The Guardians had 10 hits in the victory, including a home run by Andres Gimenez. Steven Kwan and Myles Straw combined for six hits in the victory.
Cleveland is the favorite in this one playing at home. They are (-120) to win while the Angels’ moneyline sits at (+102). The runline features Los Angeles +1.5 (-209), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.
This matchup will be a battle of southpaws. For the Angels, they will send Reid Detmers to the mound. In 21 games, he is 5-5 with a 3.67 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and he has 105 strikeouts in 108 innings.
Cleveland will counter with 25-year-old Konnor Pilkington. He is 1-2 in 13 games with a 3.99 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, and he has 41 strikeouts in 47.1 innings.
Angels’ Trout And Ohtani Look To Stay Hot
At 61-79, the Los Angeles Angels find themselves in third in the AL West, 29 games behind the Houston Astros. While the team is struggling, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani continue to be two of the best in the league.
For Trout, he is hitting .280/.369/.629 with 34 home runs, 67 runs batted in, and 71 runs scored. In the last month he leads the team with 10 home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Ohtani has been even better as he has the second-best odds of winning the AL MVP at (+550). At the plate, he is hitting .266/.355/.539 with 34 home runs, 88 runs batted in, 80 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. While he is not pitching Monday, he is 12-8 with a 2.55 ERA on the mound.
This will be the first time that any Angels’ hitter has faced Pilkington, but Trout and Ohtani will try to lead them to victory.
Guardians Getting Hot At The Right Time
With the sweep of the Twins over the weekend, the Cleveland Guardians have given themselves a little breathing room in the AL Central. They currently sit 2.5 games ahead of the Chicago White Sox and 4.5 ahead of the Twins. Still, every game will be vital down the stretch and they will try to take advantage of a struggling Angels team.
Pilkington will be making just his second appearance since the end of July. In his last outing, he went two scoreless innings against Seattle.
Against the Angels’ Reid Detmers, Jose Ramirez has gone two for four with a home run and three runs batted in. Austin Hedges has also homered against the lefty.
Overall, Ramirez has been the Guardians’ best hitter versus lefties. In 128 at bats versus southpaws, he is hitting .234/.317/.438 with six home runs and 24 runs batted in.
Guardians In Good Spot To Start The Week Strong
In their next 12 games, the Guardians face the White Sox and Twins nine times. With these three games against the Angels, the Guardians would love to stay hot and build on their three-game winning streak.
The trends also support the Guardians in this one. They have won five of their last six games and they are undefeated in their last eight games at home versus the Angels.
Reid Detmers has quietly been a really solid pitcher for the Angels this season, but if Konnor Pilkington can limit the damage by Trout and Ohtani, the Guardians should have a good chance of taking the opening game on Monday.
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