Los Angeles Angels @ Cleveland Guardians 5/3/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Los Angeles Angels (11-20) @ Cleveland Guardians (20-11)

Game Info: Friday, May 3rd, 2024 at  7:10 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)

Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-175) - Over/Under (8.5)

Pick: Guardians ML (-175)

This will be the opening game of a three game weekend series between the Cleveland Guardians and the Los Angeles Angels. These two teams are in desperate need of some momentum after coming off of a series that they lost throughout the week. However, these two teams are still experiencing very different types of seasons throughout the first month of the year. As Los Angeles comes into this game with only 11 victories in 31 games and Cleveland comes into this game with 20 victories in 31 games. Regardless of their records being the exact opposite of the moment, they should still be a close and competitive game here in Cleveland on Friday night. 

The Los Angeles Angels came into the season with plenty of expectations even after the exit of Shohei Ohtani in the offseason. Unfortunately, for Los Angeles, they have lost Mike Trout for an extended period of time, which is just another huge blow to this franchise in the beginning of the year. It’ll be tough for them to overcome if they want to be successful this season, but it starts with grabbing a victory here on Friday night in Cleveland to get things going in the right direction. They are desperate for a victory coming into this one nine games below the .500 mark on the season and they are sitting towards the basement of the American League West division at the moment as well. 

Jose Soriano will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of this three game weekend series. He has been getting beat up all around the ballpark throughout the early part of the season, as he has yet to pick up a victory on his record and he has lost four starts already this year. He will record his first one of the season here on Friday night in Cleveland against the Guardians team that started out the year hot, but they have been slumping over the past week. He will look to take advantage of their lackluster form and guide the Los Angeles Angels to a much-needed victory here on Friday night. 

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The Cleveland Guardians had a fantastic start to the 2024 Major League Baseball season but they have hit a rough patch over the last seven days. They ran into a very tough Atlanta Braves team and an underwhelming but still solid Houston Astros team throughout the past week and now they will look to get back on track in this series. Cleveland will need to get back on track as they face their second consecutive American League West division opponent, and they look to continue to grow their lead in the American League Central division throughout the weekend. 

Tanner Bibee will grab the baseball for the opening game of this series on Friday night at home. He comes into this game undefeated on the season with a pair of victories and he will look to grab his third victory of the year against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been a shutdown starting pitcher throughout the early part of the season and another dominant start could put him on an early Cy Young award watchlist. He will look to lead Cleveland to their 21st victory of the season here on Friday night at home.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 8-4 at home 

- Cleveland is 10-4 as a favorite 

- Los Angeles is 7-8 as a road underdog 

I expect a close game throughout the early innings, but in the end I look for Cleveland’s offense to break through against Soriano and put some runs on the board. And I look for Cleveland to pick up a much-needed victory to help recover from losing two out of three to both Atlanta and Houston throughout the past week. I look for Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor to be the factors in the outcome of this game on Friday night as they look to grow their lead in the AL Central division to kick off the month of May.

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