Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/27/14
Detroit Tigers (57-43) at Los Angeles Angels (61-41)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm (Angel Stadium)
Rick Porcello (R) (12-5) (3.491) vs. Hector Santiago (L) (1-7) (4.364)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -111 / Detroit Tigers +101 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels host the Detroit Tigers in a Sunday afternoon bout.
The Tigers seem destined to win another American League Central crown with Kansas City and Cleveland battling it out for second with both needing to reach .500 before they can be considered challengers. The Tigers dropped their second straight to the Angels by a 4-0 count on Saturday. Justin Verlander put together a sold outing with three runs given up on six hits over seven frames but it was a losing effort wit the bats totaling four hits. Rick Porcello toes the rubber in the series finale' against Los Angeles on Sunday. Porcello is one reason the Tigers sit atop the Central with his 12-5 record over 19 starts with a 3.42 ERA.
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The Angels have to win nearly everytime out or they fall further behind Oakland in the American League West who show no signs of ggoing anywhere. The Angels maintained pace with the Athletics who also won Saturday and have won seven of eleven with victories in three of four. Starter Matt Shoemaker was at his best with with a three hit shutout through seven frames to pick up the win. The LAA offense did their damage on eight hits and four bases on balls with Efren Navarro leaving the yard and knocking in a pair. Lefty Hector Santiago gets the call to the mound to face the dangerous Tigers offense. Santiago is coming off a shutout effort versus Baltimore with a five inning performance but the Angels still dropped a 4-2 decision.
Porcello is clearly the better pitcher but Santiago has thrown better then his record indicates and has competed well in this match up as a member of the White Sox. I wouldn't bet the house on him but may be he gets one here as a dog...