Angels at Guardians Preview Game 2 | Sat 6:10 PM. EST. 5/13

May 13, 2023

Andy Billman

Got to, Got to Win This Game Today!

3 Things Preview: Guards and Angels Game 2:

1 – Another lefty

Cleveland’s offense did their job last night against southpaw starter Tyler Anderson getting three runs on six hits.  Angels lefty starter Reid Detmers is on the bump for LA and comes in with an ERA above five.  

2 – Gimenez’s 9th-inning throw

Last night Andres Gimenez had an opportunity to get the tying run Mike Trout out at home in the 9th, but the throw was poor allowing Trout to score.  Terry Francona looked visibly upset after the play and after the game commented to the press about Gimenez’s throw  “He just yanked the throw. If he throws that ball up the line, everybody’s saying that’s the play of the night.”  

3 – Cam Gallagher

Mike Zunino was a late scratch because of neck stiffness as Cam Gallagher replaced Zunino.  Gallagher did a nice job behind the plate outside of the catcher’s interference in the top of the 5th inning. 

Guardians Notes

The Cleveland Guardians have lost six out of the last ten games heading into this series as the team’s offense continues to flounder. Cleveland has scored just 13 times in this current homestand which includes the team being shut out twice. The Guardians have gone 3-3 in that time thanks to the team’s starting pitching. On Friday night, after taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th, closer Emmanuel Clase couldn’t hold it in the 9th and the Guardians fell 5-4 to drop the series opener.

Guards Stats and Insights


  • Quantrill makes the start for the Guardians, his eighth of the season. He is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last appeared on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, when he tossed seven scoreless innings while giving up one hit.
  • Quantrill will try to pitch five or more innings for his third straight appearance. He’s averaging 5.6 innings per outing.
  • The Guardians won each of Quantrill’s three starts this season they were the money line underdog.
  • Quantrill’s team is 5-2 over his seven starts.
  • Quantrill has had seven starts that oddsmakers set a total for this season and one of those outings finished over the total.


  • They are 3-1 this season when they hit two or more home runs in a game.
  • Cleveland has gone 2-4 this season when collecting five or more extra-base hits as a team.
  • In 19 games this season with eight or more hits, they have a record of 10-9.
  • Cleveland has won eight of its 10 games this season in which it scored more than four runs.
  • They have won eight of their 14 games this season in which they’ve drawn more than four free passes.

Angels Notes

The Los Angeles Angels are still very much alive in what has been a relatively quiet start for much of the AL West Division. The Angels are within three games of first-place Texas and are ahead of the perennial division winners, the Houston Astros. The Angels followed up a recent five-game winning streak by losing four of their last five games heading into this series including the final two games of their series with the Astros. On Friday night, the Angels battled back from a 2-0 deficit and then again 4-3 in the 9th inning to pull out a 5-4 win.

Angels Stats and Insights


  • Detmers and his team are 1-5-0 ATS this season when he starts.
  • The left-hander last pitched on Sunday, when he gave up three earned runs and allowed seven hits in four innings against the Texas Rangers.
  • Detmers has started six games this season, and he’s lasted five or more innings three times. He averages 5.0 innings per appearance.
  • Detmers’ team has a record of 1-2 this season when he starts and they are the favorite on the money line.
  • Detmers’ team has won two of his six starts.
  • In games Detmers has started this season, the teams are 4-2-0 at hitting the over.


  • The Angels have hit two or more home runs in 13 games this season, and are 7-6 in those outings.
  • Los Angeles has collected five or more extra-base hits in eight games this season and has gone 5-3 in those contests.
  • The team is 19-9 in the games this season it has collected at least eight hits.
  • Los Angeles has a 19-6 record in games this season when it put up five or more runs.
  • The Angels are 6-5 in games this season when they have drawn at least five walks.

Final Thoughts

This season, the Guardians have struggled against left-handed pitching, hitting only .214. Their home record is particularly poor, with a batting average of just .208. However, Detmers has performed better on the road than at home, and with his high strikeout rate and low walk rate, he should be able to prevent the fast Guardians from getting on base. Meanwhile, although Quantrill recently achieved a one-hitter, his overall performance this season has been rather ordinary. He’s had difficulty striking out batters, with a career-low percentage. On the other hand, the Angels have a road batting average of .255, with 19 home runs in 19 games away from home. This is in contrast to the Guardians, who have only hit 19 home runs as a team this entire season.

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