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Indians vs Angels – Free MLB Pick for April 4th

We continued our winning streak last night when we backed the Texas Rangers as underdogs against the Oakland Athletics. I loved our side of the starting pitching matchup as we got to back Cole Hamels against a very mediocre Kendall Graveman.

Hamels threw a lot of pitches early and only pitched five innings, but he was dominant, as I expected. Hamels allowed just the one run and struck out eleven and completely shut down the A’s.

It surprised me yesterday to see Hamels getting dog money in this spot, and after watching the game, I am still wondering who thought the A’s were the pick in this matchup.

The Rangers offense finally showed some signs of life as they collected ten hits to go along with their four runs.

This is my one of my favorite spots to bet in baseball, road underdogs where I can get plus money on what I believe to be the better side of the starting pitching matchup. These spots come up often, and I love backing the dogs and winning big money! Today I look at the Cleveland Indians as they play the Los Angeles Angels.

It is getaway day in Los Angeles as the Cleveland Indians play game three of the three-game series against the Angels.

You gotta love day baseball, and this will be the rubber match of the three-game set between the two American League foes.

The Indians took game one 6-0, and the Angels got revenge yesterday and smashed Cleveland 13-2. The Indians will send their ace, reigning Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber (0-1 2.25 ERA) to the mound to square off against one of the Angel’s top arms, in Tyler Skaggs (1-0 0.00 ERA).

The Indians are -147 road favorites. The game total over-under is set at seven runs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM PST from Angel Stadium.

Cory Kluber is as good as it gets in the American League. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is an elite pitcher that can win you games all by himself.

Kluber took the loss on opening day, but you couldn’t really fault him as he pitched eight strong innings of work, allowing just two runs and striking out eight against the Seattle Mariners.

I was shocked to see this line so low as Kluber regularly commands lines in the -200 range. I know the day game after a night game schedule can be very tough on teams, especially road teams, but this number just doesn’t add up to me.

Many in the media questioned the fact that Japanese import Shohei Ohtani even made this Angel’s team coming out of spring training. The young hybrid player was struggling at the plate and on the mound, and many were starting to wonder if this very expensive gamble was going to pay off. Well, if Ohtani’s first week in the major leagues is any sign of things to come, you need not worry anymore.

Ohtani had his first start on the mound and looked solid, throwing six innings of work and picking up the win against the Oakland A’s. And he has been more than serviceable at the plate, as through three games he is hitting .444 with a home run and three RBI. Only time will tell if this production will continue for Ohtani, but it appears that he does indeed belong in the big leagues and he is proving that every day.

Tyler Skaggs hit the ground running this season as he picked up a win in his first start. Skaggs pitched six and a third shutout innings against the Oakland A’s and gave up just three hits. It is these rare glimpses of greatness that has teased Angels fans over the years.

Skaggs has a lifetime record of just 10-15 in his three seasons with the Angels and can’t stay in the rotation long enough to really show what he can do over a long period of time. Skaggs has a career ERA of 4.50, and that includes two seasons in the pitcher-friendly National League. Not exactly ace-like numbers.

The starting pitching matchup in this game is a mismatch. I understand that Skaggs looked good against the Oakland A’s last week, but this Cleveland Indians team is on a whole other level than the A’s.

Cleveland has power up and down the lineup, and I suspect they will hit Skaggs hard today. And even if they can’t get to Skaggs all that often, Cory Kluber could just completely shut the Angels down.

Kluber has been known to shut down better teams than this Angels squad and getting the opportunity to back him at such a reasonable price is something that I just can’t pass up on. In fact, I expect such a lopsided affair today that I will back Cleveland on the run line and lay that run and a half.

I can take Cleveland -1.5 runs and actually get dog money today. That is something you aren’t going to see a lot of this year. That run line can be dangerous, but games like this one are the perfect spot to lay the run and a half and enjoy the higher payout.

Give me the Cleveland Indians on the run line at +105 today!

The Bet: Cleveland Indians -1.5 runs +105

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