Detroit Tigers (47-64) at Los Angeles Angels (55-57)
|Date & Time||Monday August 6, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -150 / Detroit Tigers +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels square off in the opener of a three game set from Angels Stadium in MLB action on Monday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to bounce back after being swept by the Oakland A’s, including ending up on the wrong end of a 6-0 shutout loss in game three on Sunday. Mike Gerber led the Tigers with two hits, while Jim Adduci went 1 for 4 with a double. Nick Castellanos and Niko Goodrum each had a base hit in the loss. Francisco Liriano took the loss, falling to 3-6 this season after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Matt Boyd will start game one and is 6-9 with a 4.22 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. This will be Boyd’s second career start against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after losing six of their last seven games after losing the rubber match of their three game set with the Cleveland Indians by a final score of 4-3 on Sunday. Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani each had two hits and an RBI, with Calhoun belting a triple while Ohtani added a double. Jose Briceno chipped in two hits of his own while Eric Young Jr., David Fletcher and Kaleb Coward each added a base hit in the loss. Deck McGuire took the loss, falling to 0-2 this season after allowing three runs on three hits while failing to make it out of the first inning. Nick Tropeano will start game one and is 4-6 with a 4.94 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. This will be Tropeano’s second career start against Detroit.
Detroit is 3-12 in Boyd’s last 15 road starts and 17-40 in their last 57 series opening matchups while the under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games against the AL West. Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 7-21 in their last 28 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Detroit is 12-28 in the last 40 meetings between these two teams and 17-46 in the last 63 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.
The plus money with Los Angeles is tempting considering that Boyd has allowed just three runs over his last three starts spanning 19 innings, including eight shutout innings in his last start. However, while the Angels are slumping, I can’t back a Detroit team that scored just one run in their three games against Oakland. The Angels from top to bottom has a more consistent offense than the Tigers and I think the Angels start things off with a win at home on Monday.