Guardians (67-74) at Angels (65-75) Match-Up Preview | 9/8 9:38 PM EST

September 8, 2023

Andy Billman

Game 2 of Series Against the Angels

3 Things Preview For Today’s Game:

1 – Lefty Logan 

Logan Allen will try to turn around the Guardians on Friday night.  Allen has been a victim of the long ball this season, but when he keeps the ball in the yard he wins.

2 – 4 out of 5

At a time when the Guardians are needing wins to stay alive, they have lost four out of five.  They have been outscored 38 to 15 during the five-game stretch. 

3 – Bieber Latest 

It was reported on Thursday that Shane Bieber faced live hitters indicating he is on the road to pitching again before the 2023 season concludes.

Guardians Notes

In order for the Cleveland Guardians to have a shot at making it to the postseason, they need a significant improvement in their lineup performance during the final three weeks of the regular season. Currently, Cleveland ranks 17th in team batting average, hitting at .248. However, their on-base percentage drops them to the 24th position, standing at .310, and their slugging percentage is even lower, at 27th place with .379. Their total runs scored, which is 568, also ranks them 28th among all teams. Leading the way in home runs for Cleveland is Jose Ramirez, with a total of 21. Surprisingly, Josh Naylor has been the standout in the RBI category with an impressive 80, despite playing only 99 out of 140 games this season.

On the pitching front, Cleveland’s staff has managed to keep the Guardians in contention. They boast the 10th-best team ERA, holding strong at 3.96, and they rank 18th in WHIP with a score of 1.29. Cleveland’s starting rotation has contributed 49 Quality Starts, placing them 13th in the league, and the pitching staff is effectively limiting opponents to an average of .246. Leading in victories and strikeouts is Tanner Bibee, with 10 wins and 129 strikeouts to his name. Taking the mound for Cleveland on Friday is Logan Allen, a right-handed pitcher who currently holds a record of 6-7 with an ERA of 3.77 and a notable 107 strikeouts this season.

Guardians Stats and Insights


  • Allen’s team is 14-7-0 against the spread in his starts this season.
  • The left-hander gave up four earned runs and allowed seven hits in five innings pitched against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
  • Allen has 16 starts of five or more innings this season in 21 chances. He averages 5.3 innings per outing.
  • He has finished five appearances without allowing an earned run in 21 chances this season.
  • Allen’s team has won 55.6% of his starts when they are favored on the moneyline (5-4).
  • Allen’s team has won 13 of his 21 starts this season.
  • Games started by Allen have an 8-11-2 record at hitting the over this season.


  • The Guardians are 20-6 this season in games when they send out at least two bombs.
  • Cleveland is 19-6 in games this season when it has put up at least five extra-base hits.
  • The team is 45-39 in the games this season it has put up at least eight hits.
  • Cleveland is 39-13 in games this season when it scored at least five runs.
  • The Guardians are 18-15 in the 33 games this season when they have drawn at least five walks.

Angels Notes

The Los Angeles Angels are facing significant challenges as they compete without key stars such as Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Taylor Ward, CJ Cron, and Gio Urshela. These players have all been in the starting lineup to varying degrees throughout the season. While the Angels still have the offensive prowess of Shohei Ohtani, they are unable to utilize his pitching abilities due to an elbow injury. Ohtani has been exceptional at the plate, leading the team in wins and strikeouts.

Ohtani’s impressive statistics include 44 home runs and 95 RBIs, making him the leader in both categories for the team. As the designated hitter, he also boasts an impressive .304 batting average and has accumulated a team-high 151 hits. However, Los Angeles is missing the contributions of other notable players such as Trout, who has 18 home runs and 44 RBIs, Ward with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs, and Hunter Renfroe, who provided 19 home runs and 56 RBIs before being traded at the deadline.

With only 22 games remaining in the regular season and facing a 13-game deficit in the wildcard race, it appears highly unlikely that the Angels will be able to mount a successful comeback.

Angels Stats and Insights


  • Canning gets the start for the Angels, his 19th of the season. He is 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, when he went six innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up four hits.
  • Canning will try to continue a three-game streak of going five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.2 innings per appearance).
  • In two of his 20 total appearances this season, he has not allowed an earned run.
  • The Angels are 6-5 in Canning’s 11 starts this season they were the underdog on the money line.
  • Canning’s team has a 10-8 record over his 18 starts.
  • Canning has started 18 contests with a total set by bookmakers this season. The teams have combined to go over the run total in seven of them.


  • They’ve hit two or more homers in 54 games this season and are 34-20 in those matchups.
  • Los Angeles has won 23 of its 32 games with five or more extra-base hits this season.
  • In 88 games this season with eight or more hits, they have a record of 48-40.
  • In 68 games this season with five or more runs scored, it has posted a record of 47-21.
  • They have won 20 of their 35 games this season in which they’ve drawn more than four free passes.

Final Thoughts/Pick

The Cleveland Indians are embroiled in a high-stakes battle for a playoff berth, currently trailing the top team in the American League Central by a 6.5-game margin. They also find themselves behind by 10 games in the wild card race. With just 22 games remaining in their schedule, their most promising path to the postseason is by clinching the division title. In stark contrast, the Los Angeles team is dealing with injuries and is virtually out of contention for the playoffs, which gives Cleveland a strong incentive to secure a victory against them.

Cleveland has displayed its dominance in recent clashes, emerging victorious in five of the last six encounters with Los Angeles. Furthermore, the Guardians have performed admirably on the road, winning six of their last nine away games. Conversely, Los Angeles is mired in a slump, having suffered defeats in their last six games, including seven consecutive losses against American League opponents.

Adding to Los Angeles’s woes is the underperformance of their starting pitcher, Griffin Canning, who has struggled with a disappointing 4.30 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Our Pick: Take Angels and the Money Line

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