Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels Preview and Predictions 09-11-2019
The Los Angeles Angels hope to have superstar Mike Trout back in the lineup Wednesday for the finale of their three-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians. The Angels have struggled at the plate without the two-time MVP, who has missed the last three games due to a nerve issue in his right foot.
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After cruising to a 6-2 victory in Monday's series opener, Cleveland held the Angels to four hits in Tuesday's 8-0 win as Zach Plesac tossed his first career shutout. Jordan Luplow and Francisco Lindor homered while Franmil Reyes drove in four runs for the Indians, who remained one-half game behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot and five back of AL Central-leading Minnesota. The Indians have won 23 of their last 27 meetings with the Angels and the dynamic Trout, who underwent a minor cryoablation procedure on Monday and will be evaluated before the series finale. "It's really how he feels," Angels manager Brad Ausmus told reporters. "With the off-day on Thursday, if he hedges at all, I'm going to pull the plug. If he comes in and feels good, we have been cleared to play him."
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), FS West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.44 ERA) vs. Angels LH Dillon Peters (3-2, 4.45)
Plutko bounced back from a shaky outing against Tampa Bay but settled for a no-decision versus Minnesota on Friday after allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. The 27-year-old Californian owns a 63-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 games (16 starts) this season. Plutko faced the Angels for the first time on Aug. 3 in Cleveland and recorded the victory after giving up one run in 5 1/3 frames.
Peters' winless streak reached four games on Friday, when he allowed four runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox. His manager remains optimistic about Peters, who is making his first career start versus Cleveland. "Other than maybe one outing, he's given us a chance to win the ballgame," Ausmus told reporters. "He gets swings and misses on his fastball. The curveball is big and also gets swings and misses."
1. Cleveland's starting pitchers have posted a 2.99 ERA since July 30.
2. Angels RHP Hansel Robles has retired the last 22 batters he has faced.
3. Cleveland 2B Jason Kipnis is 7-for-19 with three home runs and eight RBIs against the Angels this season.
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- Handout for season | 60-day IL
Rengifo has a left hamate bone fracture and is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list.
- Forearmout for season | 10-day IL
Bedrosian has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain and is expected to sit out the remainder of the season.
- Kneeout for season | out
Upton is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
- IllnessProb Wed | probable
Ward has missed the last three games due to an illness but is projected to return to the lineup against the Yankees on Wednesday.
- Upper BodyProb Tues | probable
Stratton has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from right side inflammation. He is likely to be available Tuesday against the Mariners.
- Kneeout for season | out
Ohtani is projected to miss the remainder of the season due to left knee surgery.
- IllnessProb Sat | probable
Pujols missed the previous game with an illness, but it is projected that he will return to the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
- WristLate Oct | out
Kipnis is sidelined due to a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Reyes has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Tigers.
- WristProb Thurs | probable
Maybin sat out the previous game with lingering soreness in his left wrist, but it is expected that he will be available Thursday against the Angels.
- Illnessout for season | 10-day IL
Olson is on the 10-day injured list due to case of shingles, and he is projected to be out for the remainder of the season.
- Forearmout for season | 60-day IL
Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. He has suffered an oblique strain during his rehab and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- GroinOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Salazar has been transferred to the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.
- Wristday-to-day | questionable
Maybin has an ongoing left wrist soreness and will not be available Sunday against the Red Sox.
- ShoulderQues Sat | 60-day IL
Rodriguez has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list after a recovering from a right shoulder strain, but it is unclear if he will rejoin the team for Saturday's game against the Twins.
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