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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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Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, California, USA.
Capacity: 45,050

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Angels

  • Luis Rengifo

    Hand
    out 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.

  • Cam Bedrosian

    Forearm
    out 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.

  • Justin Upton

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Upton is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

  • Taylor Ward

    Illness
    Prob 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.

  • Chris Stratton

    Upper Body
    Prob 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.

  • Shohei Ohtani

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Ohtani is projected to miss the remainder of the season due to left knee surgery.

  • Albert Pujols

    Illness
    Prob 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.

Cleveland Indians

  • Jason Kipnis

    Wrist
    Late Oct | out

    Kipnis is sidelined due to a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Franmil Reyes

    Personal
    Prob 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.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    Prob 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.

  • Tyler Olson

    Illness
    out 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.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    out 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.

  • Danny Salazar

    Groin
    Out 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.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    day-to-day | questionable

    Maybin has an ongoing left wrist soreness and will not be available Sunday against the Red Sox.

  • Jefry Rodriguez

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

los-angeles-angels Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Cesar Puello 12 12 41 6 16 3 0 3 12 28 0 8 0 .390 .683 .500
Trevor Cahill 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Tommy La Stella 78 71 283 49 85 7 0 16 44 140 0 27 0 .300 .495 .353
Mike Trout 134 133 470 110 137 27 2 45 104 303 11 120 2 .291 .645 .438
David Fletcher 145 136 558 79 162 30 4 5 46 215 8 58 3 .290 .385 .350
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hansel Robles 68 1 209 71 0 54 5 1 18 0 0 3 16 1123
Ty Buttrey 68 0 204 78 5 67 8 0 34 0 0 6 22 1167
Luis Garcia 60 2 175 52 3 56 12 1 31 0 0 5 31 973
Cam Bedrosian 59 7 184 64 3 48 7 0 30 0 0 3 22 1021
Justin Anderson 50 0 131 59 1 38 6 0 29 0 0 3 29 861
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kevan Smith 60 46 0 27 5 1 0 0
Dustin Garneau 28 22 0 12 6 1 0 1
Jonathan Lucroy 22 12 2 10 3 2 0 1
Albert Pujols 122 118 0 0 0 5 0 0
Andrelton Simmons 95 91 0 0 0 11 0 0

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Matt Joyce 121 35 184 30 55 10 0 7 23 86 0 43 0 .299 .467 .411
Francisco Lindor 134 133 565 95 165 39 2 31 70 301 21 88 5 .292 .533 .343
Tyler Naquin 89 77 274 34 79 19 0 10 34 128 4 66 2 .288 .467 .325
Carlos Santana 150 150 546 106 154 29 1 34 91 287 4 100 0 .282 .526 .398
Jordan Luplow 80 55 211 37 59 15 1 13 36 115 3 58 2 .280 .545 .368
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Cimber 65 0 167 40 4 52 5 2 27 0 0 0 19 771
Oliver Perez 63 0 118 46 3 35 4 2 17 0 0 3 12 622
Brad Hand 59 0 169 81 4 53 6 5 21 0 0 2 18 933
Nick Wittgren 52 0 165 57 0 44 9 1 20 0 0 0 15 931
Tyler Clippard 52 3 185 64 7 37 7 0 19 0 0 1 14 921
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 113 109 0 29 18 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 56 44 0 18 7 2 0 1
Tim Federowicz 28 22 2 10 3 4 0 2
Aaron Civale 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0