Detroit Tigers (47-66) at Los Angeles Angels (56-58)
MLB Baseball Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm EDT (Angel Stadium)
Probable Starters: Blaine Hardy (4-3, 3.25 ERA) vs. Jaime Barria (6-7, 3.84 ERA)
Line and Odds: Los Angeles Angels -153 – Over/Under: 8.5
FREE MLB Pick Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Tigers and Angels clash Wednesday in an American League battle pitting two teams that have been all but eliminated from the AL playoff race.
The Detroit Tigers have struggled mightily in their 2018 campaign. On Wednesday, they’ll send the southpaw Blaine Hardy to the bump for the second game of the series. Hardy is one of the club’s few bright spots in the starting rotation, especially considering the recent trade that sent the resurgent Mike Fiers to Oakland. Hardy took a no-hit bid into the 7th last week against the Athletics, posting his second consecutive impressive start since being moved from the bullpen. It will be interesting to see how deep Hardy is able to get into the ballgame after his longest outing of the season last Friday, especially considering the toll last night’s contest took on the Detroit bullpen. Offensively, the Tigers have been atrocious all season, ranked next to last in total offense. Since Miguel Cabrera went down, Nick Castellanos (.286 BA, 16 HR, 59 RBI) has been Detroit’s only reliable source of run production. Jose Iglesias and Leonys Martin will have to produce on Wednesday for the Tigers to be successful.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have been mired in mediocrity ever since Shohei Ohtani strained his elbow in June. Wednesday starter Jaime Barria has been a model of consistency for a club all season. In 16 starts, Barria has thrown at least 5 complete innings 14 times. Meanwhile, the right-hander hasn’t surrendered more than 4 runs in an outing since mid-June. Offensively, the Angels have been solid in 2018, but their lineup is undoubtedly top-heavy. Mike Trout (.309 BA, .459 OBP, 30 HR) is having another incredible year but hasn’t driven in nearly the number of runs you’d expect. Meanwhile, Andrelton Simmons (.308 BA, 53 RBI) is quietly having his most productive offensive season of his career, and Shohei Ohtani (.273 BA) has come as advertised at the dish. All three will need to contribute Wednesday.
Cover The Spread 365 FREE MLB Betting Trends
- 31-52 SU vs. RHP
- 27-30 ATS on the road
- 7 of last 10 games vs. the Angels have been UNDER
- 11-21 SU vs. LHP
- 23-35 ATS at home
- 4.40 runs per contest in last 10 vs. Detroit
FREE MLB Prediction Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers
The Angels are strongly favored Wednesday, as they should be. They have the more proven starter on the bump and a far superior offense. By many metrics, this Angels team is a lot better than their record indicates. After getting to the Detroit bullpen early last night, I see Los Angeles doing the same on Wednesday. I’ll take the Angels and the OVER in this one.