On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels will visit the Detroit Tigers in an American League showdown.
The Angels lost to the Tigers in the opening game of the series on Monday 9-3 for their second straight loss and have now fallen behind first place Houston by 5 ½ games and into third place. James McCann hit a grand slam for the Tigers in the third inning, while Matthew Boyd was impressive on the mound for Detroit allowing just a pair of hits in 5-plus innings. It was Boyd’s first outing in which he did not allow a run this season. Boyd raised his record to 3-4 with the win. Tyler Skaggs took the loss and is 3-4 on the season.
Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with a .337 batting average and team high 65 hits. Mike Trout leads the team and majors with 18 home runs and has the team lead in RBIs with 35. Los Angeles has a team batting average of .247 while opposing hitters are averaging .241 at the plate against Angels pitching. On Wednesday, the Angels will send Shohei Ohtani to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 4-1 with an ERA of 3.35, 52 Ks and 14 BBs.
Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with a .322 batting average and team highs in hits with 64 and RBIs with 28. Jeimer Candelario has a team high seven home runs. Detroit has a team batting average of .256 while opposing hitters are averaging .251 at the plate against Tigers pitching. On Wednesday, the Tigers will send Mike Fiers to the mound. The right-hander this season is 4-3 with an ERA of 4.78, 32 Ks and 10 BBs.