Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (53-73) at Detroit Tigers (68-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
R Nolasco (4-11) (5.22) vs. J Verlander (13-7) (3.38)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -210 / Los Angeles Angels +194 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW, FSDT
Headed our way on Friday in MLB activity from Comerica Park, the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Angels are fresh off a series against the Blue Jays this week. The two teams split the first two games, and in Thursday’s finale, The Angels put up a 6-3 victory.
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As for the Tigers, they just finished up against the Twins. Detroit won the first two games before Thursday’s game, when they made it a clean sweep with an 8-5 victory.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will be taking the mound for the Angels on Friday. In his 25 starts and 4-11 record this year, Nolasco has put up a 5.22 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP in 148.1 innings. In his last outing, Nolasco got beat up for seven hits and five earned in 6.1 innings against the Yankees.
The Angels have some real talent at the top of their order. Yunel Escobar (currently out with a concussion) has managed 140 hits with 34 RBI and 58 runs. Mike Trout sits on 139 hits with 97 runs, 25 homers and 82 RBI. Kole Calhoun has logged 126 hits with 75 runs and 57 RBI so far.
Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Justin Verlander again Friday. In his 26 games and 13-7 record so far, Verlander has managed a 3.38 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP in 173.1 innings. Verlander got a win his last time out, going six innings against the Red Sox with three hits and one earned.
The Tigers have some pretty excellent hitters up top as well. Miguel Cabrera has hit 147 times with 71 runs, 28 homers and 80 RBI. Ian Kinsler sits on 139 hits with 94 runs, 22 homers and 65 RBI. Victor Martinez has hit 136 times with 54 runs, 23 homers and 75 RBI.
The Angels are 0-5 in their last five against the American League Central, and 0-6 in their last six game ones of a series. Los Angeles is also 0-5 in their last five Friday games and 0-4 in Nolasco’s last four starts.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 9-3 in their last 12 game ones of a series, and 10-4 in their last 14 against the American League West. Detroit is also 8-3 in Verlander’s last 11 home starts, and 3-7 in Verlander’s last 10 Friday starts.
I don’ have a whole lot of faith in Nolasco, and with Verlander on the mound I’ve got to take the Tigers here.