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Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 5/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Wednesday May 8, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Los Angeles Angels -106 / Detroit Tigers -102 -- O/U: 8
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-West
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to keep the ball rolling after starting the series with a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 5 with two RBIs while David Fletcher, Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun each had RBIs in the win. Mike Trout and Brian Goodwin each had a double while Jonathan Lucroy and Zack Cozart each chipped in base hits as well in the victory. Griffin Canning got the win to improve to 1-0 after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work, while Hansel Robles closed out the 9th for his 3rd save of the season. Tyler Skaggs will start game two and is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Skaggs is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 7 games following their series opening loss on Tuesday. Nick Castellanos had a triple and an RBI while Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI. JaCoby Jones had a double while Niko Goodrum added a base hit to cap off Detroit’s offense as a team in the loss as the Tigers had just five hits as a team. Daniel Norris took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing three runs on five hits over five innings of work. Matthew Boyd will start game two and is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 8 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 25-10 in their last 35 games against a team with a losing record and 7-3 in Skaggs’ last 10 starts against a team with a losing record while the under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 road games. Detroit is 13-3 in Boyd’s last 16 home starts and 14-41 in their last 55 games against the AL West while the under is 4-1 in Boyd’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 31-12 in the last 43 meetings between these two teams.

The pattern for Detroit would probably suggest that the Tigers eke out a win here, but I just don’t know if I see it happening for the Tigers here. Yes, Boyd has been very good at home and has been tough to beat, but the Tigers have been so up and down on offense and while Skaggs has been up and down himself, the Angels are starting to pick up steam at the right time. Boyd and a low line at home is tempting, but I think the Angels build on game one and pick up another win here.

Pick:
Los Angeles Angels -106

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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