Michael Fulmer (10-4, 2.58 ERA) gets the start for the Detroit Tigers (69-59) as they go up against Brett Oberholtzer (3-2, 5.27 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (54-74) in the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-2, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and will air on FS1.
In his most recent outing, Fulmer pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out one and walking one in a 10-2 loss to the Red Sox. J.D. Martinez (.320, 54 Rs, 18 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Yankees 7-0 the last time Oberholtzer pitched. He went 3.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out one and walking one. Albert Pujols (.259, 54 Rs, 25 HRs, 101 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Detroit is a considerable -215 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Tigers have a winning record of 35-16 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,426. The Tigers are an exceptional hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a weak win percentage of .364 when playing as the underdog (28-49) and an overall money line of -1,778. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Los Angeles batters, who average an AL-low 6.0 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Oberholtzer) in this game and have an 18-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Fulmer. They sport a 37-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 35-27, while Los Angeles is 23-33.
The Angels are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Tigers have a record of 6-0 when opponents' pitchers have three strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 44-11. The Tigers have a 54-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 568 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 597.
Both Detroit and Los Angeles are tied at 17th in walks with a total of 376 this season.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 56-35. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 38-41 record.