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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."

WALK-OFFS

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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Anaheim, California, USA.
Capacity: 45,050

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Angels

  • Ty Buttrey

    Upper Body
    Prob March 26 | probable

    Buttery is suffering from a strained intercostal muscle in his side but is expected to be ready to face the Astros in the season opener.

  • Felix Pena

    Knee
    Prob March 26 | probable

    Pena is recuperating from surgery to fix a torn ACL in his right knee. He is projected to be available for the season opener versus the Astros.

  • Justin Anderson

    Oblique
    Late March | out

    Anderson is suffering from a Grade 2 left oblique strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Cleveland Indians

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Hip Flexor
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Carrasco is dealing with a mild right hip flexor strain, and it is unclear if he will be available for the season opener against the Tigers.

  • Mike Clevinger

    Knee
    Early April | out

    Clevinger is recovering from surgery to repair a partial tear to the meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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Hitting Statistics
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Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
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