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MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians- June 17th, 2014

The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels are set to square off as they continue through their four game series. These are two teams who are definitely heading in different directions as of late, with the Indians rolling through people at home, winning 11 straight games, and the Angels losing four of their last five games overall. What’s been even more impressive is that the Indians have shown the ability to win close games, as they’ve won three straight one-run games, even after the team lost four games straight before that. The Angels come in with a 37-32 record, while the Indians are 36-35 this season. This game is set to get underway at 7:05pm EST tonight.

The Angels may be struggling as of late, but there is good news, as they’ll be getting back shortstop Erick Aybar who missed the opener of this series with a sore hip. Aybar has 17 RBIs in his previous 23 games. Albert Pujols has also been hitting the ball well, and the Angels are hoping they can end the Indians’ home win streak tonight. They’ll send Matt Shoemaker to the mound with a 3-1 record and a 4.19 ERA this season. He’s starting for the first time since June 7th, and he’s gone back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen throughout the year. He’s been far better starting though, going 3-0 with a 3.76 ERA, while posting a 5.63 ERA in his relief appearances.

For the Indians, their hot run at home has been incredibly impressive, and they’re hoping to keep it going. The man who’ll take the mound to hopefully extend that home winning streak is Josh Tomlin, who has gone 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA this season. He had a tough outing in his last game, allowing nine hits and four runs (three of them earned) against the Red Sox over just 5 2/3 innings. Interestingly, while the Angels are likely getting Aybar back, he’s struggled against Tomlin, going 0-9 in his at bats against him. Through three starts against the Los Angeles Angels, Tomlin has gone 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA.

Consensus

This game is definitely projected to be a pretty close one, as the odds are just in favor of the Indians at -109 to +101 for the Angels. This game really could go either way, but I’m going to take the home field advantage for the Indians, and expect them to win this one by a run or two at most, as I don’t see either side pulling out a blowout of their opponent.

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