Detroit Tigers (67-79) vs. Los Angeles Angels (68-79)
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels 9/16/23 – As we head into the final stretch of the MLB regular season, the Detroit Tigers (67-79) face off against the Los Angeles Angels (68-79) in a game that may not have playoff implications but still carries intrigue for fans and bettors alike. Both teams are looking to finish the season on a high note, aiming to develop their younger talent and analyze their roster for the next season.
The Detroit Tigers, with a batting average of .235 and 580 runs scored, are clearly a team in the rebuilding phase. Their home run tally at 147 and an on-base percentage of .302 further elucidate their offensive struggles. On the pitching side, they have an ERA of 4.37 and a WHIP of 1.26, which, although not spectacular, is respectable given the overall status of the team.
The Angels have had a somewhat better offensive season, batting .247 with a significant 210 home runs, but have struggled in the pitching department, evidenced by their 4.66 ERA and a higher WHIP of 1.41. Their 681 runs scored and 1232 hits reflect a more potent offense compared to the Tigers, but clearly, their pitching has been a letdown. If you’re looking for some insights and recommendations on their upcoming games, don’t forget to check out some free MLB sports picks.
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9:07 PM ET|
|Where:||Angel Stadium of Anaheim|
Sawyer Gipson-Long (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (6-6, 5.36 ERA)
Sawyer Gipson-Long has only recently entered discussions regarding the future of the Tigers. Though only five innings into his major league debut, Gipson-Long is already making waves with impressive stats like an unblemished 1-0 record and an eye-catching 3.6 ERA with an astonishingly low WHIP figure of only 0.08 — impressive numbers considering such a small sample size. Gipson-Long has shown impressive control in his limited encounters with batters. With 5 strikeouts and no walks recorded so far, he has shown an ability to consistently find the strike zone without giving away free bases, something which could prove key against an Angels lineup that capitalizes on mistakes.
Tyler Anderson, however, brings far more experience to the mound. Unfortunately, his 2023 season has not gone particularly well; with only 6 wins out of 12 victories and 5.36 ERA and 1.48 WHIP scores as indicators of difficulty this year; in 136 innings pitched he allowed 142 hits with 112 strikeouts and an unsettlingly high 59 walks; not to mention 19 home runs hit off him. Anderson relies on a mixture of fastballs and off-speed pitches to keep batters guessing, though his control has been subpar as evidenced by an increased number of walks and hits allowed this season. Since Anderson will face a Tigers team which has performed better against American League competition than against them, this may become a key concern for the Angels.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Detroit Tigers -101, Total odds: 8.5
The Tigers come in with a spread of -1.5 (+153) and a moneyline of -101, making them a slight favorite despite their recent struggles against the Angels. The total stands at 8.5, with the over at -110.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit’s recent trend leans towards lower-scoring games, with the total going UNDER in 7 of their last 10 outings. They’ve struggled against the Angels historically, with a 1-5 straight-up record in their last 6 matchups. However, they’ve fared better against American League opponents generally, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Angels have had a rough stretch lately, with a 5-12 SU record in their last 17 games. The total has consistently gone OVER in recent matchups against Detroit, possibly due to both teams’ volatile pitching. However, their home record has been disappointing, with a 3-8 SU standing in their last 11 games at Angel Stadium.
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Considering the current form, starting pitchers, and historical trends, the Detroit Tigers appear to be a better pick for this game. Sawyer Gipson-Long’s potential and control could be a significant factor, and if the Tigers’ offense performs to their capability, they could take advantage of Tyler Anderson’s inconsistencies.
Given the recent trends and matchups, this game could well see a total of around 10 runs, leaning towards the ‘over’ in betting terms. The Tigers are slightly favored, and given the circumstances, they might just pull off a win against the struggling Angels. For more insights and potential betting opportunities, you can also explore some expert sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Detroit Tigers will win 6-4