MLB Picks: Indians vs. Angels Monday Night

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 19, 2013 12:07 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 12:07 PM GMT

Los Angeles Angels' right-hander Jered Weaver has enjoyed great success against the Cleveland Indians recently, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Monday.


Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball betting lines for this American League matchup at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Check out our Monday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Need to make a move

Cleveland is 3-3 on its current nine-game road trip, which includes a 7-3 defeat to the Oakland Athletics as +119 underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5.

The Indians are seven games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central standings, but face just a 4.5-game deficit in the Wild Card race. 

Going nowhere 

Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 7-5 setback to the Houston Astros as -186 home favorites, while going OVER the betting total for the eighth time in nine contests.

The Angels may open up this series without the services of outfielder Mike Trout, who is listed as questionable on the injury report with a minor hamstring injury that he suffered late in the game yesterday. 

Salazar

Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar (1-1, 4.08 ERA) picked up his first professional loss last time out, as he allowed three runs and three hits over four innings of work in a 3-0 road defeat to the Minnesota Twins. 

The right-hander is allowing opposing hitters to bat just .190 against him, but he’s surrendered four home runs in 17.2 innings in his brief career.

Weaver

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (7-6, 3.49 ERA) was handed a 11-3 road defeat by the New York Yankees last time out, as he allowed nine runs and nine hits over five innings of work. 

The right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.25 ERA in nine home games, issuing 14 walks and striking out 54 batters in 60 combined frames.

In 15 career games versus the Indians, Weaver has compiled a 7-2 record and 2.86 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 1.00 ERA in his last four efforts.

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Prediction

When it comes to placing their sports picks, I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels in the first five innings, as they’ve gone 24-5 in Weaver’s last 29 starts as home favorites of -110 to -150.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels -125 First Five Innings

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