Friday, August 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ricky Nolasco vs. Justin Verlander
The Los Angeles Angels visit Comerica Park on Friday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Ricky Nolasco for the Angels and Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +194 and Detroit at -210. The over/under was set at 9. The Angels have a 58-63-5 over/under record and a 61-65-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Tigers are 69-57-0 against the run line and have a 63-57-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 53-73 record, including 24-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has a 4-11 record with an earned run average of 5.22 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 111 strikeouts over his 148.1 innings pitched and he has given up 166 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.4. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have given up 403 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 338 times and walking 143 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.22 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 1,179 base hits and 563 earned runs. They have allowed 168 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 389 batters and struck out 876. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.72.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .252, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Angels hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.65 hits per game. Kole Calhoun comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .351. He has 125 hits this season along with 74 runs scored and 57 runs batted in. He's struck out 93 times and has walked 58 times. Mike Trout is hitting .312 and he has an on-base percentage of .430. He has totaled 136 hits so far while scoring 96 runs and he's driven in 78. He has walked 87 times and has struck out 108 times. The Angels have 1,118 hits, including 213 doubles and 121 home runs. They've stolen 46 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Los Angeles has walked 370 times this season and they've struck out 754 times as a unit. They've left 819 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 560 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 35-26 home record and a 67-59 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Justin Verlander has a 13-7 record and a 1.03 WHIP. He has 181 strikeouts over the 173.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 134 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.61. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.27 and they have given up 400 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 331 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.07 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.44 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,129 base knocks and 527 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 140 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 357 hitters and struck out 926. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .271 average at home. The Tigers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.18 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .386. He has 147 hits this year along with 71 runs scored and 80 RBI. He's struck out 93 times and has walked on 55 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .275 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 138 hits so far while he's scored 93 runs and drove in 63. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 99 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,157 base hits, including 187 doubles and 166 homers. They have 50 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Detroit as a team has walked 369 times this year and they have struck out 1,021 times. They've had 850 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They score 4.67 runs per game and have totaled 588 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 58-63-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 61-65-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 63-57-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 69-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/21/16 3B Yunel Escobar Concussion 7-day (8/20)
08/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (8/15)
08/14/16 LF Shane Robinson Hip 15-day DL (8/13)
08/10/16 P Cam Bedrosia Finger 15-day DL (8/4)
08/02/16 P Huston Street Knee 15-day DL (8/2); out for season
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 60-day DL (7/19)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
08/13/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hamstring 15-day DL (8/11)
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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