LA Angels at Detroit Tigers 8/18/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/17/2021 at 9:13 PM ET

The Los Angeles Angels play the second game of a three-game series on the road Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Los Angeles dropped to 59-61 following a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday in a makeup game. Los Angeles has lost three of the last four and the Angels are fourth in the American League West 12 games behind the first-place Houston Astros.

David Fletcher is batting .299 to lead Los Angeles and the third baseman has a team-high 138 hits. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has 39 home runs, 86 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .360 to lead Los Angeles in each category. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels will send Shohei Ohtani to the mound. The right-hander is 7-1 with an ERA of 2.93, 112 Ks and 39 BBs.

Detroit dropped to 58-62 following an 11-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Tigers were off Monday before opening their series at home against Los Angeles on Tuesday. Detroit has won four of the last six and the Tigers are third in the American League Central 11 ½ games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox.

Jonathan Schoop is batting .283 to lead Detroit and the second baseman has team highs in RBIs with 65 and hits with 128. Catcher Eric Haase is the leader in home runs with 19 and third baseman Jeimer Candelario is the leader in on-base percentage at .363. On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers will send Tarik Skubal to the mound. The left-hander is 8-10 with an ERA of 4.10, 127 Ks and 41 BBs.

Detroit has won 14 of its last 19 at home and Los Angeles has lost five of the last seven overall. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal has pitched extremely well in his last two outings allowing no earned runs on 10 hits across 11 innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Detroit defeated Boston and Baltimore in those two matchups. Final Score Prediction, Detroit Tigers win 5-3.

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