Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Free Preview

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The Detroit Tigers will do battle against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will televise this AL matchup.

Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers Odds

Vegas has listed Los Angeles (-150) as the favorite over Detroit (+140). The total stands at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 and the under for +100. The games most recent runline odds stand at -105 for taking the Angels -1.5 runs and -115 for the Tigers +1.5.

The Tigers are 23-29 SU and 29-22 ATS. They’ve lost 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 3.0 units against the spread (ATS). Detroit has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Angels have gone 29-24 SU this year and are 26-26 ATS. Overall, the teams accumulated 4.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 0.4 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Detroit games have had an over/under record of 22-27-2 thus far in 2018. The Angels have an over/under record of 24-25-3.

Tyler Skaggs will get the start for the visiting Angels. The left-handed Skaggs is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers are handing the ball to lefty Matthew Boyd (2-4, 3.29 ERA), who has 41 punchouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a 1.08 WHIP. Boyd did not record a start against the Angels in 2017.

As a unit, Detroit’s pitching staff has given up 4.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.20, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

The Detroit offense is putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 2.9 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .258/.313/.374 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Tigers offense has been led by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and third baseman Jeimer Candelario. Castellanos is slashing .323/.368/.503 with five home runs, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored, and Candelario is batting .272 with seven homers, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

Castellanos didn’t do as well batting against lefties at home in 2017, slashing .236/.288/.418 in 59 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .272/.320/.490).

For the visitors, Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.19 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.55, along with a WHIP of 1.25 and a K-per-9 of 9.15.

Angels hitters have slashed .247/.325/.417 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles offense has been powered by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout, who collectively have blasted 21 home runs. Simmons is hitting .332/.396/.474 with four home runs, 31 RBIs, 31 runs and five stolen bases, while Trout is slashing .306/.453/.672 with 17 homers, 34 RBIs, 45 runs and 12 stolen bases.

Trout didn’t do as well batting against left-handed pitchers last year. Over 106 plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .280/.443/.463 (his total season line was .306/.442/.629).

The Angels have lost 2.0 units and are 4-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to six that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 1.0 units and are 8-5 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to four which went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The Angels have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 17.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.0 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have won three of their last four games SU.