Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 5.70 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (55-74) are in Detroit to meet Anibal Sanchez (7-12, 5.83 ERA) and the Tigers (69-60) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Angels won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and will air on FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two in an 8-3 victory over the Twins. J.D. Martinez (.320, 54 Rs, 18 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 7-2 the last time Skaggs pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking five. Albert Pujols (.259, 54 Rs, 25 HRs, 101 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Detroit, a -145 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at nine runs. The Tigers have a winning record of 36-16 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,526. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (5-2). The Tigers come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. 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 .359 when playing as the underdog (28-50) and an overall money line of -1,878. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Los Angeles batters, who average an AL-low 6.0 strikeouts per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Angels have a 3-2 record. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Skaggs) in this game and have an 18-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Sanchez will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 37-57 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Angels won by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 20-15 in one-run games. The Angels have a 14-15 record in close games.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 15-37 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 7-58. The Tigers have a 10-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 123 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 170 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.85 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.16.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .766.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 30-60. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 37-43 record.