Reds vs Angels Prediction - MLB Picks 8/21/23

Los Angeles Angels (61-64) vs Cincinnati Reds (64-61)

Game Info: Monday, August 21, 2023 at 9:38 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Lucas Giolito (7-9) (4.44) vs Graham Ashcraft (6-8) (4.89)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels -147 / Cincinnati Reds +124 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels face off Monday in an MLB showdown at Angel Stadium. 

Reds Need Better Pitching

The Reds pitching really struggled on Sunday giving up ten runs against the Toronto Blue Jays and that led to the defeat. On the mound for the Reds will be Graham Ashcraft who sits with a 6-8 record and an ERA of 4.89. In his last start against the Cleveland Guardians, he went seven innings giving up seven hits and three runs. The Reds are averaging 4.77 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.94 runs per game. The offense is ranked 10th while the pitching is ranked 23rd. Spencer Steer has hit 18 home runs and driven in 66 RBIs. 

Reds Betting Trends

  • The Reds have won nine of their last 11 games as underdogs against AL West opponents.
  • The Reds have covered the run line in each of their last five night games against AL West opponents.
  • The Reds have led after 3 innings in each of their last three Monday games as underdogs.
  • The Reds have led after 7 innings in four of their last six games as road underdogs against American League opponents.

Angels Have Been Nothing been Disapointing 

The Angels are coming off another series loss and they really struggled in the second game on Saturday. The Angels gave up 18 runs to the Angels and that led to the defeat. The Angels are averaging 4.77 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.05 runs per game. The Angels offense is ranked 9th while the pitching is ranked 26th. On the mound for the Angels will be Lucas Giolito who sits with a 7-9 record and an ERA of 4.44. The Angels are going to need Giolito to have a strong start here. 

Angels Betting Trends

  • The Angels have won nine of their last 10 games against NL Central opponents.
  • The Angels have covered the run line in nine of their last 10 games against NL Central opponents.
  • The Angels have led after 7 innings in each of their last four games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim against National League opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Angels have led after 3 innings in each of their last four games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim against NL Central opponents that held a winning record.

Reds vs Angels Facts

  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 27th in the league for steals this season (60).
  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 5th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.436).
  • The Cincinnati Reds ranks 28th in the league for home runs allowed this season (176).
  • The Cincinnati Reds ranks 26th in the league for ERA this season (4.75).

Shane’s Free Pick

Ashcraft gave up three runs in his last start and I think he’s going to have some issues in this game. Giolito hasn’t been good enough either this season and he’s going to really struggle again in this game. The Angels pitching is coming off a bad game and it’s going to be no different here. This game will be a shootout, and the over is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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