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The Detroit Tigers play on national television for the first time–and the first time ever on Fox Sports 1, the latest upstart trying to take on ESPN. The Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout angle is likely what aided the selection of this game for the early game.
Let’s hope for a better showing against Detroit’s nemesis, the Angels, who have now won 10 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. They’ve also outscored them 67-28 over that span. The Tigers will look to Max Scherzer, who has historically done well against the Angels, to snap that nasty streak.
Detroit Tigers (7-6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (8-8) — 1:08 P.M.
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Weather: 55 degrees, sunny
When We Last Met
Drew Smyly‘s first start since the 2012 season was an unmitigated disaster and the relievers didn’t do much better. The Angels got off to an 11-1 lead and even a late rally to make the final score 11-6 didn’t cause any real hope.
It seems like forever since Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.70) took the mound, but it was really only six days ago, a 5-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Max had an extremely strange game where he struggled with his command earlier, gave up an earlier lead, walked three, and struck out 10. Though he only allowed four hits in that game, three of them went for RBIs.
Max did not face the Angels last year, but had been dominant recently against them, going 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts since 2011. Chris Iannetta has a .364 average against Max, including a homer while Erick Aybar is batting just .182.
C.J. Wilson (2-1, 3.92) takes the mound for Los Angeles on Saturday and is looking for his third straight win after dropping his first game to Seattle. In the last game, against the New York Mets, Wilson surrendered two runs and six hits over seven innings as his team rolled to a 14-2 victory.
Wilson was knocked around in his two starts against Detroit last year, but the Angels just seem to always find a way to beat the Tigers, and he actually went 1-0 with a 6.55 ERA. Torii Hunter has had the most at-bats against Wilson, mostly from Hunter’s days in Anaheim and Wilson’s days in Texas. He’s hitting .333 with two homers in 33 at-bats. Ian Kinsler has also hit his former teammate well, .444 with a homer. Victor Martinez has struggled with just four hits in 23 at-bats.