Detroit Tigers (28-20) at Los Angeles Angels (23-24) – 10:05 PM ET
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 67 degrees, clear
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This series has all the looks of featuring close, low-scoring ball games.
The Detroit Tigers escaped Oakland with a series victory despite scoring just four runs in three games. Part of that, of course, was great starting pitching, which included a spot start from reliever Alex Wilson on Wednesday. Wilson pitched three innings and didn’t allow a hit. Wilson, along with five Tigers relievers, combined to allow just two runs on six hits as Detroit won, 3-2.
In order to end this West Coast trip with a winning record, Detroit will have to continue to pitch well because the offense has struggled. Even including the eight-run loss to Houston on Sunday, the Tigers have averaged 3.18 runs in their last 11 games.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is far from being the team that won 98 games last season. The Angels are ranked 26th in runs scored and have averaged just 2.2 runs in the last five games.
When We Last Met
This is the first matchup between these two clubs this season. The Angels took three out of four against the Tigers in Los Angeles last season, but Detroit won two of three versus LA at Comerica Park in 2014.
Detroit has lost nine of its last 10 games at Angel Stadium.
Farmer was pitching well at Triple-A Toledo this year, posting a 2.98 ERA in 51 1/3 innings, but he hasn’t been good in his very brief major league career. Farmer made four appearances, including two starts for the Tigers last season and was 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
Left-hander C.J. Wilson will be on the hill for the Angels. He is 2-3 with a 3.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 59 innings this season. Wilson has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts.
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Victor Martinez — 15-day DL
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season