Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Guardians September 14 Betting Preview
After taking the first two games of the series, the Cleveland Guardians (75-65) will aim at a sweep on Wednesday as they take on the Los Angeles Angels (61-81) in the series finale. The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Guardians were able to pick up the win 3-1. Kirk McCarty was credited with the win in relief as he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
Offensively, Oscar Gonzalez had a big game as he went two for four with a home run and two runs batted in. Owen Miller also had two hits in the victory.
Matt Thaiss accounted for the only scoring for Los Angeles. He hit his second home run of the season in the third inning. In total, the Angels only had four hits.
The Guardians are the favorites playing at home Wednesday. They are (-117) to win while the Angels moneyline sits at (+104). The runline features Los Angeles +1.5 (-205), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.
The Angels will turn to southpaw Patrick Sandoval to try to salvage the finale Wednesday. In 23 games, he is 5-9 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and he has 131 strikeouts in 127 innings.
Manager Terry Francona will counter with righty Cal Quantrill. He is 12-5 in 27 games with a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and he has 108 strikeouts in 157 innings.
Angels Trying To Finish On High Note
Losers in six of their last ten games, the Los Angeles Angels season has largely been a failure as they sit 31 games back in their division. Still, trying to end on a high note, they will look to win the finale on the road, where they are just 30-41 this season.
Collectively, Angels hitters have not hit Cal Quantrill very well this year. In 25 total at bats, Angels hitters have just four hits off the righty.
Against righties as a whole, Mike Trout (.259 avg, 27 HR, 53 RBI) and Shohei Ohtani (.269 avg, 25 HR, 63 RB) have had the most success.
Guardians Look To Keep Pressure On The AL Central
With just 22 games left, the Guardians sit in an enviable position of being three games up in the AL Central. Still, with the White Sox and Twins in hot pursuit, Cleveland knows they need to win every game they can, which is why it is so important for the Guardians to finish the sweep Wednesday.
Cal Quantrill comes into this one pitching pretty well. He won his last game, pitching five innings and giving up just one earned run against the Twins. In his last three starts, he has given up just four runs in a combined 14 innings of work.
Offensively, the Guardians have been getting some major contributions from some players that aren’t exactly household names. 24-year-old Oscar Gonzalez had a big night for the Guardians on Tuesday and is now hitting .291/.327/.470 with eight home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 25 runs in just 268 at bats.
Guardians In Good Position To Sweep
The Angels losing streak continues. Entering play Wednesday, they have lost ten consecutive games when playing at Progressive Field. If that wasn’t enough, they are just 5-15 in their last 20 games against the Guardians.
On the flip side, Cleveland has won seven of their last eight games against AL teams and have won five straight. If Cal Quantrill can do his part, they very well could make it six in a row on Wednesday.
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