Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will be squaring off against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will showcase this AL matchup.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Vegas is listing Detroit (+130) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-140). The total is sitting at 9 runs and bettors can wager on the over for even money (+100) and the under for -120. The games most recent runline odds stand at +105 for taking the Angels -1.5 runs and -125 for the Tigers +1.5 runs.

The Tigers are 24-29 SU and 29-23 ATS. The team has gained 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.9 units against the spread (ATS). Detroit has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 29-25 SU and have gone 26-27 ATS. Overall, the teams accumulated 3.0 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 1.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Detroit games have an over/under record of 22-28-2 thus far in 2018. The Angels have an over/under record of 24-26-3.

Right-hander Nick Tropeano is projected to start for the visiting Angels. Tropeano is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers will turn to righty Michael Fulmer (2-3, 4.08 ERA), who’s got 51 strikeouts and 20 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.27. Fulmer made two starts against the Angels in 2017, compiling a 1-1 record with a 4.76 ERA and eight strikeouts.

Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.19 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.68, along with a K/9 of 9.10.

The Angels offense has slashed .247/.325/.416 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout continue to lead Los Angeles hitters. Simmons is slashing .337/.403/.482 with four home runs, 32 RBIs, 31 runs and five stolen bases, while Trout is hitting .303 with 18 homers, 35 RBIs, 46 runs and 12 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.12, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

The Detroit offense has produced 4.3 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .287/.346/.463 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers hitters have been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .322/.369/.497 with five home runs, 28 RBIs and 28 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .251/.304/.369 with 45 hits, 17 RBIs, 20 runs and seven stolen bases.

The Angels have gained 5.0 units and are 22-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 19 of those games, as opposed to 20 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 0.5 units and are 21-18 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 13 of those games, compared to 24 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Angels have lost three of their last four games SU while the Tigers have won four of their last five SU.
  • Los Angeles has posted 18.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.8 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.