Winning the series opener against the Cleveland Indians might have come with a steep price for the Los Angeles Angels as they head into Game 2 of the set on Tuesday’s sports betting card.
Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 9:38 PM ET at Angel Stadium
Shohei Ohtani clubbed his MLB-leading 13th homer to help the Angels build a big, early lead in Monday’s 7-4 victory. The outcome stopped a couple of streaks in the rivalry, starting with the end of Cleveland’s eight-game win streak over the Angels. It also ended a run of five-straight ‘under’ winners between the teams.
Whether or not superstar Mike Trout will be available the rest of the series – or even longer – is the big question for the Angels, who will send Andrew Heaney (1-3, 4.75) to the mound on Tuesday. The Indians counter with Zach Plesac (3-3, 3.56), and Intertops has the Angels favored on a -135 moneyline with the total running from 7.5-8.5 at various outlets.
Tribe Stuck in Four-Game Slide
Monday’s setback was the fourth in a row for the Indians, who arrived in Anaheim having dropped the last three of a long weekend set to the Seattle Mariners. Coupled with a recent uptick by the White Sox, Cleveland has now dropped 3.5-games behind Chicago in the AL Central race.
An opportunity to chuck the season’s fifth no-hitter fell to the wayside his last time out, but Plesac was still plenty good enough to get the win in Seattle last Thursday. He carried the no-no into the eighth as a small favorite on the betting odds, and grabbed the dubya in a 4-2 final. It was Plesac’s second consecutive eight-inning effort, and the third time in his last four assignments for Cleveland to notch the win.
Plesac will be facing the Angels for just the second time in his career, and a first matchup with them since his 2019 rookie campaign. The former Ball State star would love to repeat that outing, a complete game shutout at Angel Stadium. David Fletcher had two of the four hits Plesac allowed in the gem.
Calf Injury Could Force Trout to IL
Manager Joe Maddon and the rest of the Angels are holding their collective breath while waiting for test results on Trout’s strained calf. Trout apparently suffered the injury in the first inning on Monday while running from second base to third. Taylor Ward, a former first-round pick out of Cal State Fresno, took over in center when Trout left the contest.
Inconsistency has plagued Heaney this season, the lefthander mixing nice outings in with ugly ones. His last time out was on the ugly side, Heaney pounded for nine hits and five runs in 5.1 innings at Houston last Wednesday as a +150 underdog at the best online betting sites. Three of those hits left the yard, the second time in his last three starts that Heaney served up three long balls, and the end result was a fourth consecutive loss for the Angels with him on the hill.
Heaney will also be taking on the Indians for just the second time in his career, and first since 2015, his first full season in the bigs. The Okie was solid in that assignment with six scoreless innings in Cleveland, only to draw a no-decision. The Angels are 1-2 in Heaney’s home starts this season, his ERA at 5.40 in those contests.
Umpire Trends, Mother Nature and A Free Pick
Adam Hamari is up next in the rotation to work the dish for the umpire crew, which is presently headed up by CB Bucknor while regular crew chief Kerwin Danley is away. Hamari had a solid ‘under’ lean in his early seasons, but that has since leveled out with the Michigan native 4-3 O/U on the 2021 season. His last four plate assignments at the Big A have split the totals.
The 9,500 or so fans who make their way inside Angel Stadium this evening probably won’t get to see Trout play, but they should have some nice weather to sit and enjoy a game. The weatherman says there will be clear skies with the thermometer in the upper-60s at game time, with a 7-10 mph SSW breeze (out to left) much of the contest.
Even if Trout was guaranteed of playing, the chalk would seem a little high on Heaney and the Angels. Yeah, I know, Cleveland doesn’t exactly have a dynamic lineup, but the pitching staff has been on the stingy side in the AL. I’ll be more than happy to make my MLB pick on the visitors in this matchup
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.