Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers
When and Where: Wednesday, May 8, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich., 7:10 p.m. EDT.
Tyler Skaggs looks to win a third consecutive start Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Angels continue their three-game series versus the Detroit Tigers.
Is Skaggs turning corner for Halos?
Much was made about this being a make-or-break season for Skaggs (3-2, 3.12 ERA), and so far, he is making it just fine. The left-hander is trying to win three consecutive starts for only the second time in his career, with the other coming June 3-15.
Brad Ausmus says he hasn’t been around a smarter player than Andrelton Simmons. How Simmons saved Tyler Skaggs last night, so stealthily that Skaggs said he as “confused” about what Simmons had done. #Angels https://t.co/u3Q3e59yfa
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 3, 2019
Skaggs was effective Thursday versus Toronto, yielding two runs and four hits in six innings of a 6-2 victory. The left-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in his five starts, but he has pitched six or more innings in only two of them.
“I feel, mechanical-wise, I’m hitting my stride a little bit, but I still need to cut down on my walks,” Skaggs told the Angels’ official website.
He has split two decisions among three career starts against the Royals, posting a 3.24 ERA. Skaggs’ last matchup, however, was one to forget as he was tagged for five runs and six hits in five innings of a 9-3 defeat May 28.
The Angels (16-19) welcomed back AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani to the lineup in Tuesday’s 5-2 win. The two-way Japanese star, who is playing only as a designated hitter for the immediate future after undergoing Tommy John surgery eight months ago, went 0-for-4 with an RBI batting in the No. 3 spot.
Boyd looks to get better of Skaggs again
Matthew Boyd (3-2, 3.05) beat Skaggs in that matchup last season and is looking for his third win in four starts for Detroit. The fellow left-hander turned in a solid outing versus Kansas City on Friday night, limiting the Royals to two runs and five hits over seven innings of a 4-3 triumph.
— Tigers Bee (@Tigersblogger1) May 7, 2019
“He’s able to pitch effectively on the outer half of the plate and the inner half of the plate,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the club’s official website when comparing Boyd’s efforts to last year. “I think this is probably as good as he’s located the ball, really getting it where he wants to consistently. He would fly off the ball every once in a while last year, and you don’t see that very much this year.”
Boyd has also struck out nine or more in four of his seven starts. The left-hander was not able to duplicate his efforts in a second start versus the Angels last year, getting reached for four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-2 road loss. Andrelton Simmons has been a nuisance to Boyd, going 3 for 3 while taking him deep once.
The Angels are:
- 2-7 in their last nine games vs. left-handed starters.
- 1-5 in their last six during game 2 of a series.
- 5-15 in their last 20 road games.
The Tigers are:
- 13-3 in Boyd’s last 16 home starts.
- 5-0 in Boyd’s last five home starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. sub-.500 teams.