The Detroit Tigers (28-20), albeit not the prettiest series of games for them, took two games out of three from the Oakland Athletics to start their 7-game West Coast trip. Hitting was at an absolute premium for both clubs, as Oakland outscored the Tigers 6-4 in the entire three-game set, with each team recording one shutout. Detroit had not recorded an XBH through the first 22 innings against Oakland pitching, until second baseman Ian Kinlser hit a deep double to right, followed by a intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera, which set up left fielder and former Athletic Yoenis Cepsedes to produce the big blow in the game. His 3-run blast in the 5th put Detroit up 3-0 and would prove to be enough to win the game and clinch the series.
Now Detroit takes their game to the southern part of California, where they will start a four-game series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels (23-24). The Halos have lost five out of their last seven games, and as of last night’s loss to the San Diego Padres, are now sitting in 3rd place in the AL West division. They are struggling to find consistent production in their lineup, as they rank among the worst in all of baseball in batting average (.234 – 29th), on-base percentage (.290 – 29th), slugging percentage (.360 – 28th), and total runs scored (175 – 26th, T-2nd worst in AL).
The one guy who has not disappointed and continues to play on a high level is center fielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout. The MVP runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and 2013 is leading the Angels in just about every offensive category, hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI’s. The Angels start and finish with Trout, so if Detroit can contain him, they have a chance of good success at the “Big A” in Anaheim this weekend.
If there is one place the Detroit Tigers do not like to play in recent history, it is Anaheim. The Tigers are just 2-11 on the road against the Angels since the start of the 2011 season, including being swept in 2012 and 2013.
Probable Pitching Match-ups
Game 1: Buck Farmer (season debut; 5-1, 2.98 ERA in AAA) vs. C.J. Wilson (2-3, 3.36 ERA)
Game 2: Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.12 ERA) vs. Hector Santiago (3-3, 2.47 ERA)
Game 3: Shane Greene (4-3, 3.27 ERA) vs. Jared Weaver (3-4, 4.06 ERA)
Game 4: David Price (4-1, 2.97 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker (3-4, 5.44 ERA)
Game 1: Thursday, May 28th @ 10:05 PM ET – FSD/97.1 — The Ticket
Game 2: Friday, May 29th @ 10:05 PM ET – FSD/97.1 — The Ticket
Game 3: Saturday May 30th @ 10:05 PM ET – FSD, MLBN/97.1 — The Ticket
Game 4: Sunday, May 31st @ 8:05 PM ET – ESPN/97.1 — The Ticket