Detroit Tigers (28-20) at Los Angeles Angels (23-24)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 28, 2015, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -145 / Detroit Tigers +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers face off on Thursday in Anaheim for game one of their MLB series.
The Los Angeles Angels continue to chase the Astros in AL West but they have been mired around .500 for several weeks. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 11-11 at home, and they are 6.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West standings. As a team the Angels are hitting .232 with Mike Trout hitting .292, Kole Calhoun hitting .287, and Erick Aybar hitting .271. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 with the starters at 3.68 and the bullpen at 3.79. For game one against the Tigers the Angels start C.J. Wilson who has allowed 54 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 42 over 59 innings for a 2-3 record and a 3.36 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers are in the middle of a tough fight in the AL Central and currently they sit in third place in the standings. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 14-8 on the road, and they are a game behind the Twins and the Royals in the American league Central standings. As a team the Tigers are hitting .276 with Anthiny Gose hitting .338, Miguel Cabrera hitting .333, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting .291. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.64 with the starters at 4.05 and the bullpen at 2.72. For game one against the Angels the Tigers start Buck Farmer who allowed 12 hits and 12 runs while striking out 11 over 9.1 innings for a 0-1 record and a 11.57 ERA last season in four appearances with Detroit.
Los Angeles is 4-1 in game one of a series, 3-11 against a team with a winning record, and 16-5 in Wilson’s last 21 home starts. Detroit is 6-2 against a left-handed starter, 14-6 in their last 20 Thursday games, and 1-4 in their last five games as a road underdog. Detroit is 3-13 in their last 16 games against Los Angeles.
With the total at 7.5 I like the over in this one and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in Premium Area as well as on the App.