In a puzzling statistical outlier, the Los Angeles Angels have emerged victorious in seven consecutive contests at Detroit’s Comerica Park. If Comerica was home to the Houston Astros or some other bottom-dwelling team, then it might not be worth a second thought, but the park is home to the reigning American League champions, the Detroit Tigers, who boasted a 50-31 home record last season and currently stand 26-14 on their home diamond this season.
The park certainly worked to the Angels’ advantage on Tuesday night. When the Angels erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning, one of those runs came on a botched pickoff attempt at first base. The ball went rolling past first baseman Prince Fielder and into Comerica Park’s vast foul territory, allowing Mike Trout to score and Albert Pujols to advance all the way to third from first.
Even the muggy, Detroit rain could not dampen Los Angeles’ spirits late in the game, as the Halos added a run in the seventh and piled on three more in the eighth.
Whatever the reason for the Halos’ comfort in Detroit, the series could not have come at a better time for a team coming off of a three-game sweep at home. At 34-43, time is running out for the Angels to get back up to .500, and then to contend for a playoff spot from there.
They will need not only to beat teams like Detroit, but they will also need to take care of business against the Astros, whom the Angels will see plenty of from here on out, and against whom Los Angeles is just 3-6 this year.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.