Cleveland Indians vs LA Angels Game Preview & MLB Odds

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 3, 2015 in

When you play a season that lasts for 162 games, it’s never wise to get too comfortable with a lead atop the division. The LA Angels fought hard to win the lead in the AL West at the end of the first half, but a tough run of luck has seen them drop back before they really had time to get settled. The Angels will try to break out of their slump when they welcome in the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night as part of a 3-game series, as the Angels head in the game as favorites in the sports betting odds.

A Sneak Peak at the Cleveland Indians vs LA Angels Game Preview & MLB odds

Time: Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
National TV: none
Opening line: Cleveland +115, LA Angels -125

The Angels (55-49) must be relieved to be heading home after losing all 6 of the games they played on their last road trip. Time spent away from home has not been very productive for the Angels this season, as they are currently 5 games below .500 on the road. That losing streak has taken some of the shine off the Angels halo, as they have now gone just 1-9 in their last 10 starts, and sit 4 games back of the division leading Astros. This fall from grace is all the more astonishing given that the Angels came charging out of the gate to start the second half of the season with 6 straight wins. They still hold the lead in the Wild Card standings, but the chasing pack is drawing closer with each passing day. Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.24 ERA) will start for the Angels on Tuesday. Shoemaker has only picked up a single win in his last 8 starts.

This has been a season to forget for the Cleveland Indians (48-56), and is one that can’t come to an end soon enough. This is a team that has difficulty manufacturing runs, which puts their pitching staff into impossible situations on a daily basis. Going back the last 11 games, the Indians have only managed to put 3 or more runs on the board 3 times, which is not anywhere near good enough to win games at this or any level. The Indians are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and have finally hit the bottom of the AL Central. Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 4.03 ERA) will take to the mound for the Indians on Tuesday night as he goes in search of his second straight win.

Key Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Angels’s last 8 games
  • LA Angels is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

The Angels are too good to be playing this poorly, which suggests that they will have to break out of this slump sooner rather than later. A series against the lowly Cleveland Indians might just be the perfect tonic, and they should get the win in this one.