LA Angels vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction MLB Picks 5/4/24

Cleveland Guardians (20-12) vs LA Angels (12-20)

Game Info: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Ben Lively (0-1) (2.30) vs Reid Detmers (3-2) (3.12)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -145 / LA Angels +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a LA Angels vs Cleveland Guardians prediction for this MLB game on Saturday, May 4th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. To formulate this prediction for game two in the series, we will examine:

  • The Angels recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Guardians recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving LA
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Cleveland
  • Recent betting trends in games played between LA and Cleveland
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between LA and Cleveland

Angels Looking for Back to Back Wins

The Los Angeles Angels are 12-20 this year and they have lost six of their last eight games. LA won game one in this series by a score of 6-0 on Friday night. Prior to this series, the Angels lost two out of three to the Phillies, were swept by the Twins, and lost two out of three to the Orioles. Los Angeles started the season playing decently well, but they have been awful over the last few weeks. The Angels are tied for last in the AL West with the Astros. 

The LA pitching staff has a 4.82 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average. The Angels offense has scored 137 runs with a .245 batting average and a .309 on base percentage. Taylor Ward is batting .271 with seven home runs and 24 RBI’s for the Angels this season. LA has allowed at least five runs in six of their last eight games. 

Guardians Continue to Struggle

The Cleveland Guardians are 20-12 this season and they have lost five of their last seven games. Prior to losing game one in this series, the Guardians lost two out of three against Houston and Atlanta, but did win two out of three against Boston before that. Cleveland hasn’t been at their best recently, but they are still in first place in the AL Central, leading the Royals and Twins by a couple of games. 

The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.56 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .235 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored 157 runs with a .245 batting average and a .319 on base percentage. Josh Naylor is batting .263 with seven home runs and 24 RBI’s for the Guardians this year. Cleveland’s pitching staff has been pretty solid this year, but they have allowed at least six runs in three of their last four games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Cleveland is Ben Lively, who is 0-1 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 15.2 innings pitched this year. Lively has allowed a total of four earned runs and 12 hits in three starts (15.2 IP). The projected starting pitcher for LA is Reid Detmers, who is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 34.2 innings pitched this year. Detmers has allowed nine earned runs and 15 hits over his last two starts (12.0 IP). 

Cleveland Guardians Player Prop Facts

  • Josh Naylor has hit a home run in three of the Guardians' last four home games against the Angels.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded at least one RBI in five of the Guardians' last six games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • Steven Kwan has scored at least one run in eight of the Guardians' last 10 night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded at least one total base in 14 of his last 15 appearances in night games against AL teams that held a losing record.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 appearances with the Guardians as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • Jose Ramirez has recorded a Double in three of the Guardians' last four home games against the Angels.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded at least one Single in 14 of his last 15 appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Steven Kwan ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.356) this season.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one RBI in nine of his last 10 road appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Reid Detmers has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his six previous Saturday appearances against AL teams that held a winning record.
  • Brandon Drury has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six road appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Mike Trout has scored at least one run in each of his last four road appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Mike Trout has hit a home run in each of his last two appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Brandon Drury has recorded a Double in four of his five previous appearances against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • Brandon Drury has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 Saturday appearances against teams that held a winning record.
  • Anthony Rendon has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances.
  • Luis Rengifo ranks T8th in the league in Steals (9) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cleveland Guardians rank 2nd in the league for strikeouts this season (306).
  • The Cleveland Guardians rank 4th in the league for strikeouts against this season (243).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 28th in the league for ERA this season (4.83).
  • The Los Angeles Angels are one of only 5 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and home runs this season.

LA Angels vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction

Cleveland comes into this matchup currently in first in the AL Central, but they have not played well over the last two weeks. The Guardians have had some issues with their pitching staff recently, but they will face a LA team that is not very good offensively. The Angels are 8-9 on the road, but they haven’t won back to back games in weeks. Lively has actually been very good for Cleveland in limited work, while Detmers has been roughed up in his last two outings. My LA Angels vs Cleveland Guardians prediction is for the Guardians to win at home. 

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