Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.38 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (68-59) meet Ricky Nolasco (4-11, 5.22 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (54-73) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and will air on FSDT and FSW.
In his last start, Verlander pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one in a 10-5 victory over the Red Sox. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Yankees 5-1 the last time Nolasco pitched. He went 6.1 innings, giving up five runs and striking out five. Mike Trout (.316, 97 Rs, 24 HRs, 82 RBIs, 21 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and four RBIs.
Detroit is a considerable -210 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is nine runs. The Tigers perform well as a favorite with a 35-16 record and have an overall money line of +1,426. The Tigers rank second in the AL in hits with 9.2 per game.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a weak win percentage of .355 when playing as the underdog (27-49) and an overall money line of -2,011. The Angels average just 6.0 strikeouts per game, good for least in the AL.
In their previous three games this season, the Angels have a 2-1 record. The Tigers will take on a right-hander (Nolasco) in this game and have a 50-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Verlander will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 37-56 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 34-27, while Los Angeles is 23-32.
The Los Angeles batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Detroit has a record of 12-25 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 44-11. The Tigers have a 53-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 566 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 593 runs.
Both Detroit and Los Angeles are tied at 17th in walks with a total of 373 this season.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 55-35. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 38-40 record.