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May 8: Tigers look to take down the Angels and keep pace in the AL Central

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The Los Angeles Angels were 6-4 over their last ten games through May 5. They are 15-19 on the season, fourth in the AL West. They take on the Detroit Tigers, who were 4.5 games behind in the AL Central at 15-16. Tyler Skaggs is set to pitch for the Angels and Matthew Boyd is scheduled for the Tigers.

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Pitching comparisons

Skaggs is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA so far this season. He’s struck out 24 in 26 innings pitched, while allowing four home runs. The Angels have a relatively high 5.05 ERA, although some members of the bull pen have pitched well. Ty Buttrey has six holds and a 1.50 ERA. Luis Garcia, Justin Anderson and Noe Ramirez have a combined ERA just below three, allowing 13 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings.

For the Tigers, Boyd has been very solid, going 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA. He’s struck out well over one per innings, 57 in 44 1/3 innings and allowed only two home runs. The Tigers as a team have a decent ERA of 4.31. Closer Shane Greene has saved 13 and allowed only three earned runs in 16 innings. Joe Jimenez, Victor Alcantara and Buck Farmer have been three of the most used pitchers and have a 4.12 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.

Offensive comparisons

The Angels are hitting .240 as a team with 44 home runs and 158 runs for an average of 4.6 runs per game. Kole Calhoun leads the team with eight home runs and tied with Tommy LaStella for second in RBI with 19. Mike Trout leads the team with 20 RBI and has seven home runs. Brian Goodwin is pacing the Angels in batting average at .323, while veteran Albert Pujols has provided a solid five home runs and 17 RBI.

The Tigers have been poor offensively, hitting only .223 as a team with 24 home runs and 3.5 runs per game. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with a .298 average but has hit just one home run. NIko Goodrun, Greyson Greiner, Christian Stewart, Ronnie Rodriguez and Gordan Beckham are all tied for the team lead in home runs with three.

Betting Prediction

The Angels have been playing much better lately but are only 4-10 on the road. The Tigers are 8-6 at home. Both starting pitchers have done a good job and neither offense has been stellar. This is likely a good game to bet the “under”. As for the outcome, it’s hard to imagine the Tigers putting more than 3 or 4 runs on the board, but the Angels playing too poorly on the road could be even worse. Going with a hunch, take the Tigers to win at home.

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