The Los Angeles Angels (52-67, 55-63 RL, 49-58-11 O/U) battle the Detroit Tigers (45-76, 53-67 RL, 43-68-9 O/U) in the second of a three-game series on Saturday. The Angels will have Reid Detmers on the hill. The Tigers reply with Tyler Alexander who is looking to avoid a fifth straight loss. The Angels posted a 1-0 win on Friday night.
Detmers Resumes Stellar Performance
Reid Detmers will get the nod for the 19th time of the season. Detmers was solid in his latest effort, conceding two runs in five innings against the Twins, leading to a no-decision in a game the Angels won. The young left-hander is the Angels' best young pitcher and is consistently limiting his foes. He enters with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP accompanied by a 4-3 record in 94 innings of work. This marks his first career start against the Tigers.
The Halos are in the early stages of a long 10-game road trek. They were issued a three-game sweep by the Mariners this week but have won two out of their last three series. They are glad to finally have Mike Trout back in the lineup in this series.
Luis Rengifo is one of the hottest players in the Angels lineup, bashing three homers with nine RBIs in his last eight games. The 25-year-old is having a decent season, driving in 33 runs along with a .747 OPS. Rengifo went 5 for 16 against the Tigers last season. Rengifo is questionable for this game.
The Angels are scoring an average of 3.86 runs per game, ranking them 25th overall. The pitching staff has posted a 3.91 team ERA, pegging them 25th in the big leagues.
Alexanders Gets the Nod, Tigers Return Home
The Tigers will have Tyler Alexander on the hill in this one. Alexander was decent in his previous start, conceding three runs in five innings against the White Sox, and was tagged with the loss to fall to 2-7. The veteran southpaw features a strong 3.70 ERA this month and has posted a 3.98 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 54.1 innings of action on the season. Alexander allowed one run in 2.1 innings in his limited career action against the Angels.
The Tigers went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip, concluding with a loss on Wednesday in Cleveland. They did manage to win two of four meetings against a strong Guardians team. Overall it has been a disastrous season which resulted in the dismissal of President and GM Al Avila.
Miguel Cabrera has been struggling at the dish, logging an abysmal .080 average this month. The future Hall of Famer was hitting .300 earlier this season but enters with a .260 average along with 37 RBIs and a .639 OPS. Miggy went 7 for 26 against the Angels last season.
The Tigers are posting an average of only 3.20 runs per game. The pitching staff has registered a 4.05 team ERA, positioning them 20th in the Major Leagues.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Angels have lost three out of their last four games. The Tigers are playing with some confidence after recording two wins in the last three meetings of this week’s series against a hot Guardians team.
Furthermore, while Reid Detmers has been solid, his xERA and FIP are much higher than his ERA. He has a 3.45 ERA but has a 4.25 FIP, suggesting his ERA should increase closer to four. Tigers’ starter Tyler Alexander is giving the Tigers solid innings while containing the opposition. He has only conceded nine runs in his last 24 innings of work. Alexander features a solid 3.34 ERA at home this season.
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is a strong play. The Angels' offense has been slumping with the exception of Ohtani. They have now plated four or fewer runs in four out of their last five games including only one run in Friday's opener.
In addition, the Tigers have the worst offense in the big leagues and Detmers has been effective. He has limited his foes to two or fewer runs in six consecutive starts. The Tigers' poor offense has only averaged 3 runs in their last ten games. The under is also 13-4-5 in the Tigers' last 22 games.