Guardians (68-75) at Angels (66-76) Match-Up Preview | 9/10 4:07 PM EST

September 10, 2023

Andy Billman

Series Finale Against the Angels


Guardians Notes

Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, the Guardians will entrust Tanner Bibee with the starting role. Bibee, a right-handed pitcher, boasts a record of 10 wins and 3 losses this year, accompanied by an earned run average (ERA) of 3.05. This season, he has taken the mound 23 times during his rookie campaign. In his previous start on Tuesday, September 5, against the Twins, he completed five innings, surrendering two earned runs and four hits in a no-decision outing. Bibee holds an ERA of 3.91 in away games and a 3.30 ERA in night games. Following the All-Star break, his ERA stands at an impressive 2.72. Additionally, in three starts against teams from the American League West Division, he has maintained an ERA of 2.41. Notably, Cleveland has secured victory in four of Bibee’s last six starts, and since July 1, the Guardians have posted an 8-4 record when Bibee has been on the mound.

Offensively, the Guardians are batting .249 for the season, ranking 15th in the league. They have scored the third-fewest runs in the league this year but have managed to accumulate the eighth-highest number of doubles and the fourth-most triples. However, they have hit the fewest home runs in the league. On the road, Cleveland is batting .254, and they have elevated their performance to .268 in the first eight games of the current month. In matchups against the Angels, their batting average drops to .215.

Guardians Stats and Insights

GUARDIANS PROBABLE PITCHER – Tanner Bibee

  • Bibee and his team were 17-6-0 ATS this season when he started.
  • The right-hander’s last start was on Tuesday when he tossed five innings while giving up two earned runs on four hits in a matchup with the Minnesota Twins.
  • Bibee has 14 starts in a row of five innings or more.
  • In 23 appearances this season, he has finished three without allowing an earned run.
  • Bibee’s team has a record of 6-2 this season when he starts and they are the favorite on the money line.
  • Bibee’s team has won 13 of his 23 starts this season.
  • Games Bibee has started this season hit over nine times in 23 chances.

GUARDIANS HITTING TRENDS

  • The Guardians have hit two or more round-trippers in 28 games this season, and are 20-8 in those outings.
  • Cleveland has gone 19-6 in its 25 games this season with five or more extra-base hits.
  • The club has notched at least eight hits 86 times this season, and has a 46-40 record in those games.
  • Cleveland is 40-13 in games this season when it scored five or more runs.
  • The Guardians have drawn at least five walks in 35 games this season, and are 19-16 in those contests.

Angels Notes

On Sunday, Kenny Rosenberg will take the mound for the Angels. This left-handed pitcher has only started one game this season and made two other appearances as a relief pitcher. In all three of these outings, he ended up with no decisions. His ERA for the year stands at 5.54, having allowed eight earned runs over 13 innings pitched. In his sole start, which took place on Monday, September 4th against the Orioles, he went six innings and conceded three earned runs. Notably, the Angels have yet to secure a win in the three games where Rosenberg has appeared.

As for the Angels’ offensive performance, they currently hold a .249 batting average, ranking them 16th in the league. They’ve scored the 13th most runs and have the 17th highest hit count. Doubles-wise, they’re near the bottom, ranked sixth lowest, but they stand out with the fourth most home runs. Unfortunately, they’ve also struck out the sixth most times in the league. When playing at home, their batting average dips to .240, and since the All-Star break, it’s been at .237. In the month of September, their batting average is .236, and for the entire year, they hold a .241 batting average.

Angels Stats and Insights

ANGELS PROBABLE PITCHER – Kenny Rosenberg

  • Rosenberg (0-1) gets the starting nod for the Angels, his second this season.
  • His most recent appearance came on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, when the lefty threw six innings, surrendering three earned runs while giving up seven hits.
  • The Angels were the money line underdog for one Rosenberg starts this season — they lost.
  • His team has lost the only game he’s made an appearance in this season.
  • Rosenberg’s lone start with a total this season went over.

ANGELS HITTING TRENDS

  • They are 35-20 this season when they hit two or more home runs in a game.
  • Los Angeles has won 23 of its 32 games with five or more extra-base hits this season.
  • They have won 49 of the 89 games in which they’ve collected eight or more hits this season.
  • Los Angeles has a 48-21 record this season when scoring five or more runs in a game.
  • They have won 20 of their 35 games this season in which they’ve drawn more than four free passes.

Final Thoughts/Pick

The absence of the Angels’ superstar, Shohei Ohtani, due to injury, has been evident in their recent games, including his absence in Friday’s matchup against Cleveland. Ohtani serves as the driving force behind their offense and is widely regarded as the best player in baseball. Without his presence, the Angels have struggled to perform at their best.

Cleveland’s starting pitcher for this game will be Bibee, who has had an impressive rookie season. He possesses exceptional control over his fastball and a highly effective breaking ball that has consistently bewildered opposing hitters.

Given Cleveland’s limited offensive capabilities and Los Angeles’ pitching staff’s recent struggles, it is likely that this game will turn into a low-scoring battle. In such a scenario, the Guardians should have the upper hand and are expected to secure a victory, utilizing their opportunity to score runs against the Angels’ weakened pitching staff.

Our Pick: Take Guardians and the Run Line

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