6:10 pm
September 12

Angels @ Guardians

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Angels (61-79)

@ Cleveland Guardians (73-65)


Starting Pitchers:

Detmers (LAA): 5-5; 3.67 ERA

Pilkington (CLE) 1-2; 3.99 ERA


Current odds:

Los Angeles Angels: (-101)

Cleveland Guardians: (-118)


• The starting line-up for the Angels is as follows:

September 12 lineup: 2B Rengifo, CF Trout, DH Ohtani, RF Ward, 3B Duffy, 1B Ford, LF Adell, C Stassi, SS Velazquez, P Detmers

• The starting line-up for the Guardians is as follows:


• The Los Angeles Angels will begin a three-game road series Monday night against the Cleveland Guardians, and one of the first questions Angels interim manager Phil Nevin will ask himself when he fills out the lineup card is — who’s on third?

• Nevin has a number of players to choose from, especially considering the club has used 11 different players at third this season. But one player who will not be considered is Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed to play third base for the Angels before the 2020 season with the club committing $245 million over seven years. But three seasons in, Rendon has yet to play more than 58 games in a season.

• He played in 52 games in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, 58 last season and just 45 this season, with Rendon besieged by injuries the last two years. He hasn’t played since June 14 this year and had what was called “season-ending” surgery on his right wrist on June 20. But now, even though the Angels are not involved in the pennant race, Rendon is hoping to return later this month. Rendon is traveling with the team on the current road trip and participating in baseball activities, albeit limited.

• Angels left-hander Reid Detmers (5-5, 3.67 ERA) will make his 22nd start of the season on Monday for Los Angeles. He is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts versus Cleveland.

• Left-hander Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 3.99) will make his 10th start (14th appearance) of the season for Cleveland. He hasn’t started a major league game since July 23, spending most of the past two months at Triple-A Columbus.

• Unlike the Angels, the Guardians are in a pennant race. They lead the American League Central, although the White Sox and Twins are close behind. A big part of their success has been the play of second baseman Andres Gimenez. The Guardians insisted that the Mets include Gimenez in the January 2021 trade that sent Francisco Lindor to New York. After some growing pains in 2021, Gimenez is making his mark this season. After going 1-for-4 with a home run in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Twins, Gimenez is hitting .299 with 16 homers, 62 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and an .847 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

StreakSmarter Pick
Cleveland Guardians