MLB Series Betting Detroit at L.A. Angels

MLB Series Betting Detroit at L.A. Angels

A delightful battle will ensue just minutes from Disneyland this weekend, with two of the three American League division leaders going head to head for three games. Neither team is playing at its best right now, meaning the team that continues to struggle


2007-07-28

A delightful battle will ensue just minutes from Disneyland this weekend, with two of the three American League division leaders going head to head for three games. Neither team is playing at its best right now, meaning the team that continues to struggle this weekend may find itself without a division lead by Monday.

Detroit is off a laborious five game series in which they lost three games to two, as inept bullpen gave up two leads late to Chicago who twice won in last at bat after trailing. The Tigers with Jim Leyland at the helm will not make excuses, nevertheless facts are facts playing five games in four days and flying halfway across the country is not a great situation. One comforting aspect is even after blowing a pair of winnable games, Detroit has be best road record in baseball at 34-20 (+14.45 units) heading West. The Tigers despite playing exceptionally well on the road still have six more games to go on this 11-game road trip. By the completion of this extended sojourn, they will have played 18 of 21 games on the road since the All-Star break.

Los Angeles had Thursday off to reevaluate current position, having lost seven of last 10 games. The home series loss to Oakland makes it six series losses in the last eight for the Angels. The problems have become rather serious both in hitting and pitching. Ervin Santana has been shocking awful, especially on the road and was sent to Triple-A to work on location and confidence. Bartolo Colon is shelved with elbow troubles and might be done again for Los Angeles. The Angels offense still looks impressive ranked 7th overall at 4.9 runs per game, but has been stagnant recently going 14 games between home runs. The Halos still have among the best records in the majors at 32-16 playing at the Big A in Anaheim.

Detroit will hand the ball to Nate Robertson (6-7, 4.63 ERA) in the opener who has been as inconsistent as ever, routinely mixing good and bad performances start after start. Robertson is at his best when the breaking stuff is getting over, allowing him to spot the fastball and blend the change. When anyone of these three pitches is not finding the strike zone, this is when Robertson is hit hard. The left-hander is 10-23 against the money line after a Detroit loss over the last two seasons. (Tigers Record)
His mound opponent will be Jered Weaver (6-5, 3.30) who has pitched better than his record indicates. In his five losses the Angels have scored a less than grand total of 10 runs. In Weaver's last two trips up the hill he has pitched seven innings each time, allowed two runs twice (once both were unearned) and came away with no-decisions as the bullpen turned wins into losses. His strengths are a broad assortment of pitches, moves up and down the strike zone with command and is a fierce competitor in spite of appearance. The Angels are 20-6 against the ML vs. an AL starting pitcher whose ERA is 4.70 to 5.20 over the last two seasons, fitting Robertson's M.O. Robertson is 0-3 (Tigers 1-5) with "gadzooks" ERA of 8.13 against L.A. The Angles -140 home favorites role appears well justified.

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