Los Angeles held a closed door meeting after a 5-4 loss in Baltimore last night, which led to the club being swept in a three-game series by the worst team in the league. “This is obviously a disappointing series and a disappointing game tonight,” said manager Mike Scioscia after the game. The Angels now move onto Detroit and bring a 7-12 record since the All-Star break into this weekend series. The club trails the season series 5-2 against the Tigers and have managed to produce a losing 11-16 mark against the AL Central this season. Despite the losing mark against tonight’s opponent in 2010, the Halos are a dominating 49-26 against the Tigers since the start of the 2002 campaign. The offense will definitely be led by veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, who carries a .350 career average against the Tigers (50-for-143). Los Angeles is 42-20 in their last 62 road games versus a team with a losing mark, which is a lot better than its 3-14 record in their last 17 games away from Angel Stadium.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver is 10-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 23 starts this season and is coming off one of his best starts of the year. In his last outing, he picked up a 4-1 home victory over the AL West-leading Rangers, allowing an unearned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander is an even 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 12 road starts this year, giving up 11 home runs in 74 innings. Los Angeles hasn’t tallied back-to-back wins with him on the hill since June 13-19. In seven career starts versus the Tigers, Weaver has a losing 2-3 mark and 6.51 ERA. The Angels are 13-5 in Weaver’s last 18 starts versus the American League Central.
Detroit is now two games under .500 for the first time this season (53-55) and sits nine games back of the first place White Sox. The team dropped three of its four games against Chicago to start the week, including a 6-4 loss on Thursday afternoon. “We got the big one there in the last inning to tie it up,” said manager Jim Leyland. “But we couldn’t hold it.” The Tigers will have some confidence in knowing its won five straight games over tonight’s opponent, after dropping the first two games in the season series. Detroit is still an impressive 36-31 at home this season (+1,170), but just an even 8-8 at Comerica Park when the money line is -100 to -125. The Tigers are a major league-worst 5-17 since the All-Star break.
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is 12-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 22 starts this season, but the team has dropped his last two outings. In those games, he has allowed three earned runs in each while allowing a combined 11 hits over 15 innings of work. The offense has provided him just five runs of support over that span. He is 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 home starts this season, tallying 65 strikeouts and issuing just 20 walks in 68 innings of work. The All-Star right-hander is just 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 22 career starts in August, with opponents hitting for a .287 average. In eight career starts versus the Angels, Verlander has posted a 3-2 record and 4.44 ERA. He proved victorious earlier in the year at home against Los Angeles on May 2, giving up just a single run on three hits over 8.1 innings.
Bettors may find the total appealing due to the under being 7-0-1 in Weaver’s last eight starts overall, while the total has gone under in Verlander’s last four starts as well. This play gains strength in finding these two teams going under the total in eight of their last 11 meetings.