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Tigers vs Angels Odds - Sizzling starting pitchers will help LA tame the Tigers

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/24/2012 9:33:39 AM
MLB oddsThe Tigers vs Angels odds don’t exactly represent a bitter rivalry, but MLB betting fans will still pay close attention to what happens. The reason: if the playoffs started today, these two teams, both leading their respective divisions, would face each other. Who has the upper hand in this potential postseason preview?

Tigers vs Angels odds: Pitching matchups favor the Angels

  • Jered Weaver is one of the league’s best at home
  • Vlad Guerrero will bully Jarrod Washburn
  • Joe Saunders will hand the third game to Detroit

Tonight, 10:05 p.m. ET
Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.29) vs Jered Weaver (13-4, 3.89)

The Tigers vs Angels odds open up with ace-on-ace action. After some midseason struggles, Jered Weaver is seriously back on track, winning three of four starts, including a complete-game victory over the Indians last week. He was so-so in his previous 2009 start against the Tigers, allowing three runs over seven innings, but he’s a safe betting pick to improve on that performance tonight. He’s 8-1 at home with at 2.76 ERA.

As good as Justin Verlander has been this season, he’s very average away from Detroit, sporting a 4.27 ERA. Bet on the pitcher who shows better splits for tonight’s Tigers vs Angels odds.

MLB betting pick: Angels

Tuesday, August 25, 10:05 p.m. ET
Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 3.18) vs John Lackey (8-6, 4.00)

It’s been a rocky transition from Seattle to Detroit for deadline acquisition Jarrod Washburn. He’s flashed his usual sound control but can’t keep the ball in the park, allowing eight homers in 25.1 innings as a Tiger. That tendency doesn’t bode well for his Tigers vs Angels odds. In three starts against L.A. this season, he sports a 7.71 ERA with four homers allowed in 16.1 innings. Vladimir Guerrero, who is regaining his power stroke of late, dominates Washburn historically, batting .375 off him with three homers and nine RBI in 32 at-bats.

You’re better off picking the Angels, especially since John Lackey has a 2.68 ERA since the All-Star break.

MLB betting pick: Angels

Wednesday, August 26, 3:35 p.m. ET
Edwin Jackson (10-5, 2.86) vs Joe Saunders (9-7, 5.33)

If you follow the trend and keep playing the sportsbook matchups based on splits, Edwin Jackson should help the Tigers put a “W” on the board Wednesday afternoon. Though he’s come back to Earth a bit in the second half, he still consistently sparkles on the road, where he has a 2.80 ERA this season. He’s handled the Angels this season too, going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

It’s not that there’s a particular reason to avoid Joe Saunders and the Angels in this matchup; it’s that there are so many red flags that it’s hard to focus on one. First start after a DL stint: check. An ugly 24 homers allowed already this season? Check. 8.51 ERA since the All-Star Break? Check. 7.36 ERA against the Tigers this season? Check. You get the idea.

MLB betting pick: Tigers

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Before his arm flamed out, Dale “Skip” Lalonde was famous for his high-90s heat and power at the plate. He retired young but never turned his back on baseball, earning the nickname “Skip” for his high-school coaching prowess. A true student of the game, he loves crunching the numbers when he handicaps baseball.



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