MLB Free Pick: Indians Continue to Roll as Small Chalk at Angels

Willie Bee

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017 1:22 PM UTC

With 25 wins in the last 26 games, Cleveland has become the team to beat in the AL, and the MLB odds say the Indians will add another dubya Wednesday night in Anaheim.

An opportunity wasted has been the general theme of the Los Angeles Angels the last week or so as the club has failed to take advantage of a chance to move into the second spot of the AL Wild Card ranks. Mike Scioscia’s squad will try and reverse that tonight in the continuation of their set with the Cleveland Indians (10:07 PM ET). Josh Tomlin (9-9. 5.04) meets Ricky Nolasco (6-14, 5.11) in the initial mound duel that has the Tribe small chalk with 8½ for the total.

Cleveland beat the Angels for the ninth straight time Tuesday, the 6-3 final coming with Bookmaker listing the Indians at -112. It was their 13th win in the last 14 meetings, most of those matchups taking place in Cleveland. Tuesday’s final skipped past the total, leaving scoreboard results 3-1 O/U at the Big A since the start of last season.

 Nolasco Seeking 1st Dubya Against Tribe

Unspectacular as he may be, Tomlin has nonetheless been a solid arm in Terry Francona’s rotation since just before the all-star break, his DL stint during August notwithstanding. The Tribe has won six of his last seven assignments, his backers up 4.6 units in that span with ‘under’ bettors cashing five of this last six times out. Tomlin missed the Angels when the clubs gathered in Cleveland in late-July, and this is his first start in Anaheim since his 2010 rookie campaign

Nolasco has been durable for Mike Scioscia, but that’s about all the good news we can muster for the righthander. The Angels have lost 20 of his 30 starts, good enough to burn 9.6 units for anyone following him Nolasco on the MLB odds. He has been a little better at home than on the road, but it still translates into a 5-10 record when he works at the Big A. He is still looking for his first career win vs. the Indians, his experience spanning nine starts and a relief outing, with Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis serving as Nolasco’s toughest outs in their lineup.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Crew chief Tom Hallion has the dish for tonight’s tilt, the 28-year veteran owning a strong ‘over’ tendency this season (17-8-3 O/U/P) after sporting more of an ‘under’ lean the last few years. The New York native worked a Nolasco start in Anaheim about two months ago that just skipped past the number, and home ‘dogs are 6-2 when he’s behind the mask.

Clear skies, a 70° reading on the thermometer and a light breeze blowing out to center is the forecast for first pitch. I’m playing the hot hand with a free baseball pick on Cleveland.

Free MLB Pick: Indians -116Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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