The Cleveland Indians held on for a 5-2 win in Monday’s road opener against the Los Angeles Angels, cashing at plus 117 MLB odds. Tuesday’s rematch has Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.40 ERA) meeting Indians righty Danny Salazar (1-1, 4.08 ERA).
Indians, Chisenhall collect
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall cracked a two-run homer in Monday’s fourth inning, giving his club an early 4-0 lead. Cleveland’s late relief duo of Joe Smith and Chris Perez united for three strikeouts over the contest’s final two frames, with Perez allowing a late solo shot to Angels slugger Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo finished 2-for-4 from his club’s cleanup spot, while mate Chris Nelson left four men on base in a 0-for-4 night. The Angels were edged in hits, 10-6, while the duel’s combined seven runs ducked UNDER the closing ‘total’ of 7 ½ by a ‘hook.’
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Wilson wins in New York
CJ Wilson notched a fifth win in seven starts with Thursday’s 8-4 victory for Los Angeles as a 102 road dog over the New York Yankees. The 32-year-old allowed one run on 11 hits, lasting for 6 2/3 innings.
Angels third baseman Chris Nelson drilled a grand slam as part of two homers, finishing with five RBIs in a 2-for-4 day. Los Angeles’ J.B. Shuck and Josh Hamilton united to hit 4-for-10 from the team’s leadoff and cleanup spots, respectively, driving in one run each.
Salazar falls on the road
Danny Salazar logged his first loss in last Monday’s 3-0 defeat for Cleveland to the Minnesota Twins, failing to cash as a 120 road favorite. The rookie surrendered two homers over four innings, while giving up three walks en route to five strikeouts.
Cleveland’s lineup was held to two hits, with Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes coming away with 1-for-3 outings. Indians mates Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher combined to bat 0-for-8, while the contest’s three runs plunged UNDER the ‘total’ of eight.
Back the OVER in Anaheim
Sportsbooks were slow to post their MLB odds due to Salazar’s start being pushed back one day into this spot. Los Angeles’ Mike Trout (.333 BA, 21 HRs) is “questionable” to play after missing Monday’s opener with a hamstring injury.
I am adding the OVER in this battle to Tuesday’s sports picks, looking for both sides to have their share of chances at the plate.
Wilson has seen the OVER cash in his last five starts, including a spot in Cleveland earlier this month. The Indians have hit .266 against left-handed pitching on the road, while seeing the OVER cash at 4-1 in their last five matchups overall against southpaw starters.
Indians outfielder Michael Bourn had a quiet opener, but is 7-for-14 lifetime facing Wilson’s arm. Bourn’s mate Nick Swisher is 7-for-17 in his last four games, homering twice in that stretch, while drilling six extra-base hits in a 10-for-29 mark against Wilson.
Salazar has allowed four long balls over his last two outings and could be in for an even tougher duel here. Los Angeles has had the OVER collect at a 6-1 clip in its last seven home dates facing righty starters, while the same wager is 6-0 in the team’s last six spots that came after scoring two runs or less.
Umpire Brian Knight is slated to call the balls and strikes, with the OVER cashing at 3-0-2 in the Montana native’s last five duels behind the plate. Look for OVER backers to get the money again here, despite the Angels’ mounting injuries.
Free MLB Pick: OVER at Bet365