Cleveland Indians vs. L.A. Angels
MLB: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:07 PM EST
The Indians have been a .500 club in the last week or so, but that will not cut it going forward for the team looking to make the playoffs. They head inti this series 5.5 game out of first place in the AL Central and 1.5 games out of the 2nd AL Wild Card.
The Angels are out of the playoff race and they have been far from a heavenly team as of late. They come into this series 10 games under .500 on the season and have not been good at the dish or on the mound in the last couple of weeks. They can just play spoiler in this game and they have dropped five of their last seven home games facing the Indians.
Plesac has not helped
Zach Plesac takes the hill for the Tribe in this game and his recent performances have not helped them in their playoff push. The team has lost three of his last four starts including his last two where he has been lit up for 10 runs in 1o innings. His last start was at home against the Chicago White Sox and he gave up six runs on eight hits in five innings of work in a 7-1 loss. This is Plesac’s first start of the season against the Indians and before his last home start he had given up four runs in three straight home starts in three Cleveland wins. The Indians have won eight of his last 11 starts and they have won five of his last six starts facing a team with a winning record.
The Indians came into this series taking two of three games against the Minnesota Twins, who they are chasing in the AL Central. In the last game of that series, they won 5-2 where They went deep twice and Carlos Santana had one of the bombs for his 32nd of the season.
Cleveland has won five of their last six games against teams from the AL West and they swept the Halos in La La Land in the beginning of August outscoring them 20-8 in the three-game set.
Not so much success with Jose on the hill
For the Halos, Jose Suarez takes his 20-5 record and 6.45 ERA to the hill and the team has lost his last six starts. In his last start, he gave up two runs on five hits in five 1/3 innings in a 10-6 loss to the Oakland A’s. In his last seven appearances he has given up at least four runs five times and he is a rookie and will be making his first career start against the White Sox in this game.
The Angels came into this series losing their last game and while their won their previous two games they dropped four in a row before that. No surprise that Mike Trout leads the AL in several offensive categories and while listed as day-to-day with a toe injury he should play in this game. The Angels had totaled 13 runs in winning two in a row before only scoring one run in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox in the last game of their last series.
The L.A. Angels are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central
- 9-4 in their last 13 Tuesday games
The Cleveland Indians are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games
- 2-7 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record