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Detroit Tigers Schedule: Previewing the Rest of May

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Apr 21, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (left) and third basemen Nick Castellanos (right) look on during batting practice prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (left) and third basemen Nick Castellanos (right) look on during batting practice prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (right) alongside first baseman Albert Pujols during the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (right) alongside first baseman Albert Pujols during the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Detroit Tigers finish up the month of May on the road against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Considering that the Angels are already decimated by injuries, the Tigers have a chance to finish May on a high note.

As of now, the Angels are without almost half a roster’s worth of players due to injury. Key offseason acquisition Andrelton Simmons is out with a thumb injury, while outfielders Craig Gentry and Daniel Nava are also on the disabled list. Rounding out the list of injured position players is starting catcher Geovany Soto.

On the pitching side of things, Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and C.J. Wilson are all absent from the rotation due to injuries, as is closer Huston Street.

Add in the facts that Jered Weaver’s FIP has ballooned to 5.68 and is only averaging 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings and Albert Pujols is only hitting .224 and you realize that things aren’t the best in Anaheim.

The Angels may have the same number of wins as the Tigers, but those numbers aren’t likely to stay the same as the season progresses. Detroit is, if not a better team, a much more complete team.

Next: Detroit's First 40 Games

Detroit’s three-game set with the Angels will stretch into the beginning of June, but the Tigers will get two games in with the Halos before May ends. Justin Verlander will match up with Jhoulys Chacin in the first game of the series, while Anibal Sanchez takes on Hector Santiago.

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