Detroit Tigers vs Los Angeles Angels Series Preview, TV Schedule

Tigers vs Angels Series Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers will be facing off in a three-game series. This will be the first meeting between the two teams and both are favorites to make the playoffs and even contend for a World Series.

Los Angeles is a few games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics, while the Tigers are in a battle for first place with the Chicago White Sox. Let's see if either team can take this series as a chance to heat up.

Detroit Tigers: Lineup

Miguel Cabrera
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Detroit Tigers: Lineup

Miguel Cabrera
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Detroit has been struggling mightily this season to score runs. A big reason for the struggles has been Miguel Cabrera's inability to hit, batting under .250 through two weeks. Ian Kinsler has been a bright spot for this team, but ranking 29th in runs scored is not impressive.

Players to watch: Ian Kinsler (.327 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI), Miguel Cabrera (.250 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI), Victor Martinez (.317 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

Los Angeles Angels: Lineup

Albert Pujols
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Los Angeles Angels: Lineup

Albert Pujols
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The Angels, on the other side of things, have been scoring runs like it's going out of style, racking up 83 through 15 games and ranking second in the entire league in that regard. Mike Trout has been fantastic -- this could be the year the young slugger finally wins AL MVP.

Players to watch: Mike Trout (.323 AVG, 5 HR, 11 RBI), Albert Pujols (.266 AVG, 4 HR, 10 RBI)

Detroit Tigers: Pitching

Max Scherzer
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Detroit Tigers: Pitching

Max Scherzer
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Max Scherzer is pitching in the three-game set for the Tigers and they could use the reigning AL Cy Young's services as the offense is struggling to rack up any runs.

Game 1 starter: Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 6 SO)

Game 2 starter: Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 25 SO)

Game 3 starter: Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8 SO)

Los Angeles Angels: Pitching

Jered Weaver
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Los Angeles Angels: Pitching

Jered Weaver
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The Angels' pitching staff has struggled just like the Tigers' lineup has struggled. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in ERA and just 21st in quality starts -- gathering only six.

Game 1 starter: Jered Weaver (0-2, 5.79 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 17 SO)

Game 2 starter: C.J. Wilson (2-1, 3.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 24 SO)

Game 3 starter: Hector Santiago (0-2, 4.96 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 13 SO)

TV Schedule

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TV Schedule

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The Angels will travel to Detroit for a three-game series at Comerica Park Friday through Sunday, April 18-20.

Game 1: Fox Sports Detroit+(Tigers) and Fox Sports West(Angels) at 7:08 p.m. EST on Fri., April 18.

Game 2: Fox Sports Detroit(Tigers) and Fox Sports 1(Angels) at 1:08 p.m. EST on Sat., April 19.

Game 3: Fox Sports Detroit(Tigers) and Fox Sports West(Angels) at 1:08 p.m. EST on Sun., April 20.

Predictions

Alex Avila
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Predictions

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The Tigers and Angels are both struggling to hit their strides this season as both are hovering around .500, and neither team will have an overwhelming turnaround in this series.

Series prediction: Tigers win 2-1; Detroit takes games one and two while Rick Porcello struggles in game three and Hector Santiago gets the better of him and a struggling Tigers lineup.

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