Alfredo Simon (11-7, 4.52 ERA) and Jered Weaver (5-9, 4.34 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (59-65) and the Los Angeles Angels (63-61) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSDT and FSW.
Simon pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-0 win over the Rangers. Miguel Cabrera (.367, 52 Rs, 16 HRs, 60 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Weaver went 6.1 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 1-0 win over the White Sox in his most recent start. Mike Trout (.297, 80 Rs, 33 HRs, 73 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 3 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles takes on Detroit as a -116 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -539 and a record as the underdog of 26-36. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with an impressive 9.6 per game.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-453), Los Angeles has an impressive 46-29 record when playing as the favorite. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the AL. The Angels have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 329 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at not striking out with just 7.2 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Angels allow 4.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.5 runs per game during that span.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Tigers have a 42-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Weaver takes the mound. Simon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 45-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Tigers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are coming in with a 7-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-44. The Angels have a 14-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 125 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 134.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.55 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks 14th with 8.19 hits.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.698). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .765.
The Angels are 31-50 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 29-51 record.