Cleveland Indians vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 5/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+117) Los Angeles (-127)
Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians (21-17, 2nd in AL Central) head to Angel Stadium on Tuesday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Angels (17-22, 4th in AL West). The Angels open this matchup at -127 while the Indians are coming in at +117. The total is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Zach Plesac and Andrew Heaney.
Cleveland is slugging .379 and have been called out on strikes 320 times, while taking a walk on 120 occasions. They have 146 runs batted in as well as 259 hits so far this year, and their team batting average is .209. The Indians have accrued 59 doubles as a squad and have hit 46 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 153 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .283. As a team, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.0 runs per contest, which is 23rd in the league.
The Indians have compiled a team earned run average of 3.56 for the year (9th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 365 batters. They have walked 139 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.23 as a unit so far this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.63 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.21. Indians pitchers have given up 49 long balls in addition to 143 runs in total (5th in the league).
Indians pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 32 times in addition to having 36 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have 15 holds so far this season (22nd in MLB). The Indians bullpen have a save percentage of 85.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 29 save situations. They have accumulated 12 saves this year and have not converted 2 of their 14 save chances. The relievers have inherited 43 runners on the year and 27.9% of them crossed the plate. The Indians have sent 116 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
The Cleveland Indians have accumulated 1,010 putouts thus far, in addition to 350 assists and 24 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which has them ranked 17th in MLB, and they have twisted 254 double plays. The Indians have transformed 71.9% of baseballs in play into outs out of 3,030 innings on the field, which ranks them 4th in the majors.
Plesac (15-11 career record) has a FIP of 4.30 while facing 870 hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has surrendered 176 base hits (7.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 56 walks. His earned run average is 3.37 (82 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.059. Plesac has taken the mound for 219 innings and has racked up 178 punch outs during his pro baseball career.
Los Angeles has knocked in 49 long balls on the campaign and 161 runs batted in. They have recorded 58 doubles, while getting a free base 101 times as well as racking up 173 runs. The Los Angeles Angels have accounted for a team OBP of .311 and a team batting average of .250 this season. The Angels have a team slugging % of .411 and they average 4.44 runs per game (12th in baseball). They have struck out on 329 occasions (23rd in baseball) and are sitting with 330 base hits.
The Angels have a WHIP of 1.468 and have a FIP of 4.23 as a squad so far this year. They sit at 25th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 342. The Los Angeles pitching staff have allowed 220 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 5.33 (202 earned runs conceded). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.50 (397 strikeouts vs 159 bases on balls). They have allowed 50 homers and they surrender 5.80 runs per 9 innings (30th in baseball).
Los Angeles has called on relief pitchers to enter the contest in 17 save opportunities and they have walked away with 9 saves. They rank 22nd in the league with a save percentage of 52.9%, and they have dispatched 139 relief pitchers onto the diamond for the year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 44 times in high leverage situations and on 56 occasions with base runners. Los Angeles bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 47.4% of 76 inherited base runners. With 32 save situations, the Angels have compiled 15 holds in addition to 8 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Angels have turned 26 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .976 (30th in the majors). The Angels have 327 assists, 33 errors and have earned a total of 1,025 putouts so far this year. In 3,075 innings played, the Angels have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 65.4% (30th in professional baseball).
So far in his career, Heaney has surrendered 523 base knocks while he has totaled 549 K's in 540 innings. Heaney (25-32 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.46 ERA and has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered 268 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.241 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.71 and he has faced 2,273 batters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+117)
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