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#5921 Los Angeles Angels vs.
#5922 Detroit Tigers
Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 1:40pm EDT
Written by Mark Ruelle

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The Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday in Detroit. Both teams are far removed from the playoff picture and will spend the remainder of the season reviewing their rosters as they continue to rebuild. The pitching matchup for Sunday's finale will be reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani (10-7, 2.69) of the Angels taking on returning lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3, 4.38) of the Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm EST.

Uncertain Future

The future of the Los Angeles Angels is definitely in flux as the team has to deal with the ever-changing status' of their two superstars, Mike Trout and today's starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani. Trout just recently returned from a rare back injury and hasn't played in over 100 games since the 2019 season. Trout will certainly be watched closely the rest of the season in order to protect the Angels' superstar that is inked to a 10-year deal. Speaking of deals, the Angels will also spend this offseason considering what to do with Ohtani and his impending free agency after next season. Ohtani has made overtures that he may not look to resign with the Angels. Expect his name to be actively mentioned in offseason trade possibilities.

In the first two games of the series, the teams exchanged one-run victories with the Angels winning 1-0 on Friday night and the Tigers squeaking out a 4-3 victory on Saturday. The Angels continue to struggle to produce at the plate.

The Angels lineup has welcomed back superstar Mike Trout with open arms. In his absence, along with various other injuries to their lineup, the Angels' offense has taken a dive. In the past 25 games prior to this series, the Angels have hit just .223 as a team and scored just 3.6 runs per game. Trout's insertion into the lineup should help Ohtani get better pitches to hit. On the mound in the series finale will be two-way star Ohtani. Ohtani has returned to the pitching form that made him a sensation in 2021. In his last five starts, he is just 1-3 but has a solid 3.60 ERA and is striking out 12.6 batters per nine innings. Ohtani has yet to face the Tigers this season.

Welcome Back

The Detroit Tigers and their hapless offense will take their shot against the flame-throwing Ohtani on Sunday. In the team's last 10 games prior to this series, the Tigers are just 2-8 and scoring just three runs per game. For the season, the Tigers have been shut out 16 times this season. While still far removed from the AL record of 30 in a season set by the 1909 Washington Senators, the Tigers will likely join a dubious list of teams by season's end. In the first two games of this series, the Tigers' offense has continued to produce at a modest pace. Detroit was shut out on Friday night, 1-0 but did manage to sneak out a 4-3 win on Saturday. The Tigers' offense continues to be among the worst in all of baseball.

It has been a difficult season for the Tigers as they have struggled to score runs and suffered through countless injuries, particularly to the team's pitching staff. The Tigers recently shut down ace Tarik Skubal for the season and he eventually underwent flexor tendon surgery. The 25-year-old is expected to return to full health before next season. Another starter that has missed significant time is Sunday's starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has not pitched since suffering a rib injury back on May 18th. He was then placed on the restricted list due to personal issues and the team did not hear from the mercurial left-hander for nearly a month. Back, rehabbed, and healthy, Rodriguez takes his turn on the mound on Sunday. Rodriguez is 1-3 on the season and allowed 35 hits in 39 innings.

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Ohtani should dominate the Tigers' porous lineup on Sunday. He is 5th in baseball in strikeouts this season and now faces a Tigers team that ranks as the 8th worst team in baseball in strikeouts per game. As for the Angels, while they haven't been tearing the cover off the ball, they should have some success against Rodriguez given his long absence from a big-league mound. Rodriguez will likely be on a pitch count and will likely be rusty and throw a lot of pitches early on. The beleaguered Tigers bullpen will once again likely be tasked with getting more than nine outs in this game. In addition, the Tigers are just 3-7 in their last ten games while the Angels are a more respectable 5-5. Expect Mike Trout, two games now under his belt, to get some good swings against Rodriguez tomorrow afternoon.

Take the Angels with the money line.

Prediction: Angels -185

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A number of factors make the under the best call in this matchup; these are two of the bottom-five teams in baseball in runs per game, each of the first two games has gone to the under and the Tigers are 3-7 to the under in their last ten while the Angels are 4-6 to the under in their last ten. In addition, Ohtani has been pitching very well as of late and should easily keep the Tigers lineup at bay in this one. I fully expect Ohtani to exit this game having given up two runs or less. Expect a low-scoring affair to close out this series.

Take the under.

Prediction: Under 7.5

Written By Mark Ruelle , "Mark Ruelle"

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