In the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (23-24) and the Detroit Tigers (23-24) at Angel Stadium, C.J. Wilson (2-3, 3.36 ERA) and Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 28 and will air on FSN-DET and FSN-W.
Wilson has a 5.49 ERA and a 2-3 record in his career against the Tigers, and is up against a strong Detroit offense that's hitting .276 on the year. Mike Trout (.297, 35 Rs, 11 HRs, 25 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. This is the first start of the season for Wilson. Rajai Davis (.267, 20 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -140 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Detroit. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Angels are 14-13 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -257. They are 1-3 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Don't expect the Los Angeles hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.2 strikeouts per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.2 during that span, compared to its 3.9 season average.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 10-7 when they are the underdog and are +532 overall with the money line. The Tigers have racked up 42 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The Tigers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.73 ERA this season. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, third-best in the AL.
This game will feature Farmer (RHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 16-19 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Wilson will take the mound against the Tigers. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 8-3 record overall and 6-2 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Tigers won by a margin of one run. The Angels are 8-8 in one-run games. The Tigers have an 11-8 record in close games.
Los Angeles has won 57% (13-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 70% (14-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Tigers have a record of 3-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Tigers have won their last two games while the Angels have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 16-7. The Tigers have a 24-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 175 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 13th with 204.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 114 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with 160.
The Angels are 15-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 19-6 when they hit at least one homer.