MLB Prediction: Los Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers - Game 1 Doubleheader
It's a doubleheader day at Comerica Park with the first game featuring the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers. Despite the Angels' superior record, ESPN's matchup predictor gives the home team a slight edge. Analyzing the probable pitchers, hitting prowess, and recent injuries, we'll provide a final prediction and our best bet.
Los Angeles Angels (52-49, third in the AL West)
Shohei Ohtani, the Angels' two-way superstar, will be taking the mound. With an 8-5 record, a solid 3.71 ERA, and a 1.12 WHIP, Ohtani has been a force on the mound this season. His exceptional strikeout rate, as indicated by his 148 Ks, can pose a significant threat to the Tigers' hitters.
At the plate, Ohtani has also been stellar, boasting a .299 batting average with 36 home runs and 77 RBIs. However, the injury of Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout could reduce the overall hitting prowess of the Angels.
With Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout on the 10-Day IL, the Angels' batting lineup has been weakened significantly. Brandon Drury and Zach Neto are also on the injury list, potentially affecting both the team's offensive and defensive capabilities.
Detroit Tigers (46-55, third in the AL Central)
For the Tigers, Michael Lorenzen is expected to start. With a 5-6 record, a 3.49 ERA, and a 1.09 WHIP, Lorenzen's performance this season has been consistent. His ability to limit home runs, as reflected by his 11 HRs allowed, could be crucial in this matchup.
Spencer Torkelson has been leading the charge for the Tigers with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs, but a .232 average indicates some inconsistency. Zach McKinstry, while hitting at a .241 average, hasn't been providing significant firepower either.
With Spencer Turnbull on the 60-Day IL, the Tigers' pitching rotation is slightly weaker, though the impact on this game should be minimal.
Given the pitching strengths of both Ohtani and Lorenzen, coupled with the weakened Angels' batting lineup and the lack of strong hitters in the Tigers' team, the under 8 runs seems to be the best bet for this matchup.
Additionally, the recent trend of low-scoring games, such as the Tigers' 5-1 and 3-1 wins over San Francisco and San Diego respectively, points towards the under 8 runs bet being a safe choice. With the expected pitchers' duel and the significant injuries on both sides, anticipate a low-scoring affair for the first game of this doubleheader.
Pick: Under 8 runs