The Angels will go from the Big Apple to the Motor City as they open a four game set with the Tigers tonight at Comerica Park. This evening’s contest, the first in a four game set, is scheduled to get underway at 7:00pm ET on ESPN. MLB Odds have the hosting Tigers listed as a -123 moneyline favorite; the Under 10 runs is also drawing favored status, presently registering at -115 odds.
The Angels did not have the best start to the season’s second half, dropping the first two games of a three game set with the Yankees in New York; however, they avoided a sweep yesterday despite a rare poor outing from Cy Young contender Jered Weaver. Los Angeles won the game 10-8 after tagging Yanks starter Ivan Nova for nine hits and six runs over six innings.
The Angels, who are 49-40 overall and five games back of the first place Rangers in the AL West will look to record back to back wins with Ervin Santana on the hill. This season has been anything but consistent for the usually steady Santana as he brings a 4-9 record and 5.75 ERA into tonight’s start. Santana really scuffled heading into the All-Star break, giving up 13 hits and 13 earned runs in his two starts prior to the Mid-Summer Classic.
Santana’s career numbers opposite Detroit would suggest he might be able to snap out of his funk tonight. The Dominican native is 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in eight career appearances against the Tigers.
Detroit opened post-All-Star Game play with a 2-1 series win over the Orioles. The Tigers went into yesterday’s rubber match off an 8-6 extra innings game two loss, but Justin Verlander bounced back from his horrific All-Star start with a three hit, zero earned runs allowed gem.
The Tigers’ efforts to reel in the division leading White Sox continue tonight with Rick Porcello taking the mound for an 18th time. Porcello, who is 6-5 with a 4.47 ERA, lasted just 3 2/3 innings his last time out as he yielded 12 hits and three earned runs in a July 5th win over the Twins. In five appearances against the Angels, Porcello has never pitched that well, giving up 34 hits and 19 earned runs over 28.2 innings; however, he has still amassed a 3-1 record in those five outings.
MLB Odds Betting Trend: The Over is 10-0 in the Angels last 10 games as a road dog with a total between 9.5 and 10 runs.
MLB Odds 2012 Los Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers: Provided by Bovada.lv
Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (-180), Over 10 (-105), +103 (Moneyline)
Detroit Tigers -1.5 (+150), Under 10 (-115), -123 (Moneyline)