Will the Indians complete their sweep of the Angels when the two teams wrap things up in Anaheim today at 4:07PM ET?
The Odds: Indians at Angels, 4:07PM ET, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
According to oddsmakers, Cleveland is a -145 money line favorite to win today on the road. That makes Los Angeles a +125 money line underdog to pull off the upset. As for the total, the number opened at 8 but has climbed to 8.5.
The Tribe will send Danny Salazar to the hill to earn the sweep. Salazar has made two relief appearances over the last 10 days, after struggling in his first start off the disabled list back on September 5. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a disappointing 4.52 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 95 2/3 innings this season and will probably work out of the bullpen for Cleveland during the playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels
The Halos will counter with Parker Bridwell. He allowed just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings in a victory Saturday against the Rangers. Bridwell tossed 59 of his 90 pitches for strikes, picking up his first victory in six outings dating back to Aug. 13. He is now 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA over 10 appearances (nine starts) at home this season.
The Indians are 4-1 in their last five games in Los Angeles and are 21-8 in their last 29 games overall versus the Angels. The Tribe is also 47-12 in its last 49 games overall, is 37-14 in its last 51 games versus a right-handed starter, and 38-18 in its last 56 road games.
On the other side, The Angels have dropped four of its last five games versus a right-handed starter, are winless at 0-5 in their last five games versus American League Central opponents, and are 1-4 in their last five home games when facing a righty.
Thursday MLB Prediction: Cleveland Indians -145