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#969 Cleveland Indians -145 vs.
#970 Los Angeles Angels 9.5
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:07pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of American League teams in opposite situations as the season winds down close out a set in the City of Angels. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they play the finale of a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night. In the opening game of the set Monday night, it was the Indians rolling to a 6-2 victory. The middle game of the series Tuesday night saw Zach Plesac take the mound for the Indians against the Angels’ Jose Suarez. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 10:07 pm ET from Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Cleveland Indians Fighting for Playoff Position

Cleveland won for the third time in four games as they picked up the win in the series opener here. The Indians entered Tuesday second in the AL Central, five games behind the Twins: they were half a game behind Oakland for the second wild card spot. Cleveland got two hits each from Greg Allen (run), Jason Kipnis (run, two RBI) and Roberto Perez (run) in the victory. The offensive attack was more than enough for Shane Bieber (14-7) to earn the win. He threw seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Adam Plutko takes the mound for his 18th appearance and 17th start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He comes in 6-4 with a 4.44 ERA, a 1.211 WHIP, 19 walks and 63 strikeouts over 93.1 innings of work on the year. Plutko recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Twins. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 6-2, 11-inning, Indians victory. Plutko is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, seven walks and 16 strikeouts over 16 innings of work in his last three starts. He beat the Angels in his lone career start against them, which came on August 3 at home. Plutko threw 5.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a 7-2 Cleveland victory. In his 37th major league appearance and his 29th career start, he pitches at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the first time.

Los Angeles Angels Intent on Playing Spoiler

Los Angeles dropped their second straight game as they were upended in the opening game of this set. The Angels entered Tuesday fourth in the AL West, 28 games behind the Astros: their magic number to be eliminated from the postseason was one. Los Angeles got two hits from David Fletcher while Albert Pujols (his 22nd) and Jared Walsh (his first) each homered in the loss. The loss on the mound was absorbed by Patrick Sandoval (0-3), who allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work.

Dillon Peters is on the mound for his 14th appearance and ninth start of the season for the Angels in this contest. He comes in 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA, a 1.429 WHIP, 18 walks and 47 strikeouts over 56.2 innings of work this season. Peters didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against the White Sox Friday night. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in an eventual 5-4 Angels win. Peters is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, five walks and 11 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. He didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career outing against the Indians, which came on the road on August 2. In that contest, he worked 7.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 7-3 Angels loss. Peters is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, five walks and 21 strikeouts over 23.2 innings in six career appearances, three starts, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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The Angels are going nowhere at this point in time as their postseason aspirations may well be extinguished by the time this contest takes place. Peters has been solid in his time with the team and turned in what would have been a quality start coming on in relief against the Indians in his lone outing against them. With that in mind, Cleveland is battling for a playoff spot and that means that they have to take advantage of teams that are playing for little other than pride. Plutko has done his part to try and keep the Tribe in the postseason race: look for him to continue that trend as Cleveland gets the win on getaway day ahead of a critical series with the Twins over the weekend.

Prediction: Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland has been good in the second half of the season but they still find themselves on the outside looking in at the postseason picture entering Tuesday’s action. The Indians are 18th in the majors in runs per game with 4.72 runs per contest. Cleveland has been better since the All-Star break, putting up 5.07 runs per game while slashing .261/.328/.461 with 86 homers in 57 games. Los Angeles is 12th in the majors with 4.94 runs per game but their pitching has let them down, ranking 25th in team ERA with a 5.05 team mark. Can the Angels play spoiler in this contest?

The under is 5-0 in Indians last 5 overall, 4-0 in their last four on the road, 5-0 in their last five on grass and 21-7-1 in their last 29 vs. American League West teams. Los Angeles has seen the under go 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the teams and 4-1 in their last five matchups in Los Angeles. Plutko keeps things in check and this one falls under the number.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.