Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 12:10 PM (Comerica Park)
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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 Thursday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound to win the set after dropping game two on Wednesday by a final score of 10-3. Jonathan Lucroy went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while David Fletcher added a solo home run and a double of his own to round out the Halos’ scoring as a team in the loss. Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 4 while Zack Cozart added a base hit to cap off L.A.’s offense in defeat. Tyler Skaggs took the loss, falling to 3-3 after allowed eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits while striking out four over 4.2 innings of work. Trevor Cahill will start game three and is 1-3 with a 6.95 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cahill is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to pick up the series win after rolling to a game two victory on Wednesday night. Ronny Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with a triple, a double and four RBIs while John Hicks and JaCoby Jones each had two RBIs with Jones homering while Hicks added a double. Brandon Dixon had an RBI to round out Detroit’s scoring as a team in the win while Gordon Beckham added a triple of his own. Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum each had a base hit to cap off the Tigers’ offense in victory. Ryan Carpenter will make his regular season debut here and was 1-2 with a 7.25 ERA and 15 strikeouts last season. This will be Carpenter’s second career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 5-16 in their last 21 road games and 26-11 in their last 37 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games. Detroit is 15-42 in their last 57 games against the AL West and 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 game three matchups. Los Angeles is 32-13 in the last 45 meetings between these two teams.
I have a hard time getting Detroit games right as I saw once again on Wednesday, so take this with a grain of salt. But as up and down as the Tigers offense can be, Detroit should be able to produce some runs off of Cahill, who has done nothing but get shelled on the mound over his last four starts, allowing 19 runs over 15.2 innings of work. I’m not usually keen on backing pitchers making their season debut, but I simply can’t back Cahill right now so it’s either Detroit or pass for me in this one.