Los Angeles vs Detroit MLB Betting Preview
Both the Angels and the Tigers are coming off a win and are in 2nd place in their respective divisions and if the season ended today the Angels would be the team in the AL that would snag the Wild Card berth.
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Venue/ Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Time/Date: 7:00 PM EST Monday, July 16, 2012
MLB Odds From: Bovada
Moneyline: Angels +105 / Tigers -125
Over/Under: 10 runs
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Ervin Santana (4-9, 5.75 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.47)
L.A. Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Preview
The Tigers are .5 game back of the White Sox for the 2nd Wild Card berth. MLB odds have the Tigers as the home favorite with a run total of 10.
In their last games the Angels beat the New York Yankees 10-8 and the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0.
This season the Angels have an O/U record of 37-50 with a run-line W/L record of 46-43 and the Tigers have an O/U record of 39-48 with a run-line W/L record of 37-52.
The Tigers are 22-20 at home this season and the Angels are 24-22 on the road.
Ervin Santana (4-9 5.75 ERA) takes the hill for the Halos tonight and in his last start he was shelled giving up 8 earned runs in 1 inning in a loss facing the Indians. Rick Porcello (6-5 4.47 ERA) goes for the Tigers and in his last outing he only went 3 innings giving up 3 earned runs in a no decision facing the Twins.
Santana has the 3rd worst ERA in the American League and in his last 7 starts have given up at least 5 earned runs. However, he is 4-0 in his last 4 starts facing Detroit.
Porcello is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his last 4 starts and has won his last 3 starts facing the Angels. He has not pitched since July 5th and he did not have a good start in that outing giving up 12 hits in only 3 innings of work.
Albert Pujols is not putting up MVP numbers this season, but he has gone deep 3 times in his last 9 games and while he has never faced Porcello he is hitting .488 in his career facing the Tigers.
Porcello is known as a ground ball pitcher and he will have to be that tonight facing an Angels’ offense that has played well since the All Star break and hit 4 HR in yesterday’s win over the Yankees in the Big Apple.
In some betting trends for this AL match up the Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 3-8 in Santana’s last 11 road starts, and they have an Over record of 10-2 in their last 12 road games.
The Tigers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games, 4-1 in Porcello’s last 5 starts, and they have an Under record of 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.
Jason’s Pick: Santana has struggled this season, but I think he will have a good start and with the Angels’ offense playing well I think they are a good pick as the underdog.