The Angels had their four-game winning streak snapped last night by the Indians but they are in excellent shape to get it back tonight. Los Angeles is 11 games better than Cleveland including a game in home/road splits and that is pretty significant in the league as we rarely see a road team with more success than the home team. In this case it is not much but with a pitching edge, it adds to it which also adds to the value.
Cleveland has been playing pretty average which has been the case the entire season and obviously playing at home gives it no advantages. Ever since sweeping Detroit back in mid-July, the Indians have gone only 10-19 in their last 29 home games and their near .500 record at home has pushed them to 10 games under .500. The pitching has been great of late but it has been negated by a putrid offense.
Jered Weaver gets the call for Los Angeles and he has been able to maintain a very solid season despite laying for a losing team. He has a 3.02 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in his 30 starts with the Angels going 15-15 in those games. His numbers are far worse on the road but that is mostly due to playing the really good teams as the Angels are 7-2 in Weaver’s last nine road starts against teams with a losing record. He currently leads the American League in strikeouts with 211.
The Indians counter with Jeanmar Gomez who is having a very fine season in his limited action. He has made eight starts and posted a 3.07 ERA and he has been even better at home with a 1.50 ERA and Cleveland going 4-0 in his four home starts. This adds to the value of the Angels as well based no the contrarian angle in that undefeated record. The problem is that he has struggled of late with a 5.52 ERA in his last three starts.
Weaver is 8-0 this season against teams with a winning percentage between .380 and .460 while the Indians are 0-11 this season against American League starters with a WHIP of 1.10 or better. 3* Los Angeles Angels