Sunday, August 28, 2016
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Skaggs vs. Anibal Sanchez
The Los Angeles Angels visit Comerica Park on Sunday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Tyler Skaggs for the Angels and Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +135 and Detroit at -145. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Angels have a 59-64-5 over/under record and a 61-67-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Tigers are 71-57-0 against the run line and have a 64-58-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 54-74 record, including 25-41 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 5.70 and a WHIP of 1.67. He has 29 strikeouts over his 30 innings pitched and he has given up 36 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.02. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 405 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen while being struck out 342 times and walking 143 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.21 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 1,195 base hits and 569 earned runs. They have allowed 171 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 395 batters and struck out 886. 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 4.73.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .251, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Angels hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.59 hits per game. Kole Calhoun comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .351. He has 127 hits this season along with 75 runs scored and 58 runs batted in. He's struck out 96 times and has walked 59 times. Mike Trout is hitting .314 and he has an on-base percentage of .431. He has totaled 139 hits so far while scoring 97 runs and he's driven in 82. He has walked 88 times and has struck out 109 times. The Angels have 1,133 hits, including 215 doubles and 122 home runs. They've stolen 46 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Los Angeles has walked 376 times this season and they've struck out 770 times as a unit. They've left 827 men on base and have a team OPS of .729. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 568 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 36-26 home record and a 69-59 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.83, Anibal Sanchez has a 7-12 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 112 strikeouts over the 126.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 139 hits. He has allowed 9.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.03. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.30 and they have given up 403 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 334 times and walking 131 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,142 base knocks and 534 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 141 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 361 hitters and struck out 942. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .271 average at home. The Tigers hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.2 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .309 and he has an OBP of .384. He has 147 hits this year along with 71 runs scored and 80 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 57 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .273 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 139 hits so far while he's scored 94 runs and drove in 65. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 99 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,177 base hits, including 196 doubles and 169 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. Detroit as a team has walked 378 times this year and they have struck out 1,029 times. They've had 866 men left on base and have an OPS of .765. They score 4.69 runs per game and have totaled 600 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 59-64-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 61-67-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 64-58-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 71-57-0 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
08/26/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hamstring 15-day DL (8/11); expected to be activated Saturday vs Los Angeles Angels
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of Today's Free MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Expert MLB Picks