Randy Wolf (0-1, 3.86 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (60-66) go up against Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.76 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (64-62) in the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 and will air on FSDT and FSW.
In his last start, Wolf pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned) and striking out five in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers. J.D. Martinez (.291, 76 Rs, 34 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Angels were unsuccessful to the Royals 9-4 the last time Shoemaker pitched. He went 1.2 innings, allowing six runs and walking three.
Detroit, a +110 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The matchup currently has a nine-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Tigers have a 26-38 record and overall money line at -739. The Tigers are a stellar hitting team with an AL-best 9.6 hits per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Angels come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-353) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (47-29). The Angels rank fourth in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 333 extra base hits. The Angels average just 7.1 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allowed 6.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.1.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Tigers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Shoemaker) in this game and have a 17-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Wolf will take the mound against the Angels, who have an 18-15 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Detroit earned its 10th shutout of the season in its last game. Los Angeles has been shut out 11 times this season.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 23-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-44. The Angels have a 15-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Detroit has hit 129 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 135 home runs.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.58 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.22.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .767.
The Angels are 32-51 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 29-52 record.