Los Angeles Angels vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+110) Cleveland (-141)
Jaime Barria and the Los Angeles Angels (61-61, 4th in AL West) are headed to Progressive Field on Friday where they'll take on the Cleveland Indians (58-61, 2nd in AL Central). The Indians open this game at -141 while the Angels are coming in at +110. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Jaime Barria and Sam Hentges.
Los Angeles owns a slugging percentage of .419 and have been called out on strikes 1,062 times, while drawing a walk on 331 occasions. They have accumulated 521 runs batted in in addition to 1,029 hits on the campaign, while their average at the plate sits at .250. The Angels have tallied 216 two-baggers as a team and have hit 151 balls out of the park. They have 550 runs scored and hold an OBP of .312. As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are knocking in 4.5 runs per game, which ranks them 13th in the league.
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Angels pitchers have surrendered 144 home runs and also 595 runs (25th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 448 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.22 as a squad for the year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.51 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.35. The Angels have an ERA of 4.63 on the year (23rd in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,124 hitters.
The Angels bullpen have recorded a save rate of 63.3% and stepped onto the hill in 106 save situations. The relievers have inherited 253 base runners for the year and 37.9% of those players crossed the plate. Angels pitchers have come into the game with runners on 171 times in addition to having 129 appearances in high leverage situations. The Angels have sent 405 relievers to the mound so far this year. The relief pitchers have accumulated 55 holds so far this season (19th in baseball). They have earned 31 saves so far this year and have not converted 18 of their 49 save opportunities.
The Los Angeles Angels have a tally of 3,209 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,048 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which is 20th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 822 double plays. The Angels have converted 68.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 9,627 innings on the field, which has them ranked 26th in MLB.
Barria (17-20 career mark) has earned a FIP of 5.04 while he has gone up against 1,158 opposing hitters in the majors. He has surrendered 264 base hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has 94 free passes. His earned run average is 4.48 (136 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.311. Barria has thrown 273 innings and has earned 214 strikeouts so far in his MLB career.
Cleveland has hit 147 long balls on the campaign to go along with 495 RBIs. They have recorded 181 two-baggers, while walking 339 times as well as putting up 519 runs. The Cleveland Indians hold a team on-base percentage of .300 as well as a batting average of .232 on the season. The Indians have a team slugging % of .401 and they average 4.36 runs per contest (18th in the league). They have struck out on 1,010 instances (22nd in the league) and have totaled 911 hits.
The Cleveland pitching staff have allowed 553 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.50 (518 earned runs relinquished). They have given up 157 home runs and they concede 4.80 runs per 9 innings (18th in baseball). The Indians hold a team WHIP of 1.304 and have a FIP of 4.41 as a pitching staff so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.60 (1,069 strikeouts vs 411 bases on balls). They come in at 10th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 940.
Sitting with 102 save situations, the Indians have compiled 52 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Cleveland has called on relievers to enter the game in 47 save opportunities and they have walked away with 31 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 133 times in high leverage situations and also on 109 occasions with runners on. Cleveland relievers hold an inherited score rate of 36.7% of 158 inherited runners. They rank 5th in baseball holding a save percentage of 66.0%, and they have dispatched 400 relief pitchers onto the field on the campaign.
Out of their 9,327 innings on the diamond, the Indians hold a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (14th in baseball). The Cleveland Indians have turned 96 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (16th in baseball). The Indians have recorded 1,025 assists, 65 errors and have a total of 3,109 putouts during this campaign.
During his pro baseball career, Hentges has surrendered 72 hits and he has 49 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 43 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 2.034 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.81 and he has gone up against 237 hitters during his career. Hentges (1-4 win-loss record in his career) has a 7.95 earned run average and has conceded 13.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-141)
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