Sunday Night Baseball takes us to Cleveland where the Los Angeles Angels (62-63) take on the Cleveland Indians (60-61) in the series finale. Both these teams need to get hot now or they will be heading to vacation early this year. This game will air live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Angels are going to miss the playoffs once again as they are 8.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West and 8.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Cleveland is in a similar boat as they are also 8.5 games back of A’s for the second Wild Card spot and 8.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
Below is my pick for Sunday Night Baseball between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Los Angeles Angels (+116) at Cleveland Indians (-136): O/U 9.5 (+100/-122)
Pitching Matchup: Jose Suarez (5-6, 3.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs Cal Quantrill (3-2, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)
Jose Suarez is set to make his eighth start of the season, 17th appearance, and will look to build off a strong last showing against the New York Yankees. The lefty allowed four hits and two earned runs in five innings of work against the red-hot Yanks. Suarez has allowed nine earned runs and 17 hits in his last 16.0 innings pitched.
Cal Quantrill is scheduled to make his 16th start of the season, 34th appearance, and is currently riding a hot streak on the mound. Quantrill has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last five starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in four of those starts. The lefty will look to keep the Angels ground on Sunday Night Baseball.
Game one of this series was over before it started as Cleveland jumped to a 5-0 lead after the second inning and cruised to a 9-1-win Friday night. Franmil Reyes has himself a night as he went 2-5 with one home run and five RBI’s. Trevor Stephan got the win after pitching three scoreless innings in the middle of the game.
Cleveland ended game two with a comfortable 5-1-win Saturday night. Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer run in the third inning, and Cleveland added two insurance runs in the seventh inning, to comfortably win.
Prediction: Give me the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night.