Los Angeles Angels (29-25) at Detroit Tigers (24-29)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 30, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers +177 / Los Angeles Angels -210 --- Over/Under: 9
The Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers square off in the rubber match of their three game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 9-2 beatdown in game two on Tuesday. Luis Valbuena, Ian Kinsler and Martin Maldonado accounted for all of the Angels’ scoring, with each putting up a home run and three RBIs, with Valbuena hitting a pair of fingers, while Kinsler went 3 for 3 with a double as well. Albert Pujols went 3 for 5 at the dish, while Zack Cozart and Mike Trout each had a double and Andrelton Simmons added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Nick Tropeano got the win, improving to 3-3 this season after giving up both runs on seven hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work. Shohei Ohtani will start game three and is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Ohtani’s first career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after dropping game two on Tuesday. Jeimer Candelario and JaCoby Jones each blasted a solo home run to make up the scoring for the Tigers in the loss, while Leonys Martin and Nick Castellanos each had a double. Victor Martinez went 2 for 4 while John Hicks, James McCann, Jose Iglesias and Pete Kozma each had a hit, as all nine Tigers had at least one hit in the losing effort. Michael Fulmer took the loss, falling to 2-4 this season after giving up five runs on six hits, walking four over just 3.1 innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game three and is 4-3 with a 4.78 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-3 with a 5.59 ERA and 37 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 17-7 in their last 24 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. Detroit is 17-36 in their last 53 games against the AL West and 9-3 in their last 12 home games while the over is 4-0-1 in Fiers’ last 5 starts overall. Los Angeles is 27-10 in the last 37 meetings between these two teams.
Fiers has had some success against the Halos and has been a surprise for an otherwise disappointing season for the Tigers’ rotation so far. However, Fiers has given up four runs in each of his last two starts, and the Angels just seem to find ways to win with Ohtani on the mound, winning six of his seven starts. Four of those starts have covered the run line, so I think we can take advantage of Ohtani against a struggling Detroit lineup and get some value with the Angels on the run line.