We examine Sunday’s game between the Tigers and Angels focusing on the Money Line odds trading at online sportsbooks. Can Detroit avoid being swept in this four game series?
Sunday Night ESPN Telecast features Tigers vs. Angels
The Angels and Tigers will be the Sunday night ESPN national telecast this week. The first pitch in Anaheim will come at 8:05 PM ET. According to the MLB odds, Detroit is a -112 money line favorite, and the posted total is 7.5. Tonight will be the finale of a four game series in which the Angels won each of the first three, and outscored Detroit by a cumulative score of 22-8. Since 2013, the Angels have gone 13-3 versus Detroit, and that includes 9-1 at home.
The Tigers David Price will take the mound on Sunday night, and he’s off to a Cy Young award winning type of start in 2015. Price is 9-1 in his ten team starts with a stellar 2.97 ERA and a better than 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s also gone a perfect 5-0 in his five team starts on the road with a superb 1.82 ERA. On a negative note, Price is 0-2 in his last two starts versus the Angels, posting a large 7.24 ERA, and a poor 1.68 WHIP.
The Angels will go with their young right-hander Matt Shoemaker to make the start tonight. Shoemaker has found the going a bit tougher than he did in his rookie campaign in 2014. In nine starts this season, he’s posted a lofty 5.44 ERA, and has allowed 13 home runs in 51 1/3 innings. However, he’s displayed very good form in his last three, compiling an excellent 0.90 WHIP, and a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Shoemaker has made one career start versus Detroit and it came on 7/26/2014. In that outing he allowed no earned runs and just 3 hits during a 4-0 Angels win.
There’s no doubt that the Angels have Detroit’s number during the past three seasons. They also appear to be hitting their stride after a rather disappointing start to the year. The Halos Matt Shoemaker has gone 9-2 in his career team starts as a money line underdog of +100 or more, and Los Angeles has a sizable +2.2 run per game differential during those eleven games. On paper the Tigers have an extremely potent lineup. However, they’re enduring an offensive slump right now, and have averaged only 2.9 runs per game during their last seven contests. I’m going with the home underdog for one of my MLB pick on Sunday.
MLB Picks: Play the Angels +102 on the money line over Detroit at Bookmaker