Detroit Tigers (24-26) at Los Angeles Angels (23-28)
Tuesday, May 31 - 10:05 PM EST
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
The Detroit Tigers aren’t scheduled to return to Angel Stadium again this season following this week’s series against the Los Angeles Angels, and that’s a good thing as the club has lost 16 of its last 18 at the ballpark. The Tigers head into Tuesday’s matchup against the Angels looking to get untracked after falling 5-1 in Monday’s series opener.
Jhoulys Chacin tossed a four-hitter and gave the Angels’ bullpen a much-needed night off Monday after the team used six relievers in a 13-inning loss to Houston a day earlier. Yunel Escobar, who has provided a spark from the leadoff spot while batting .306, sat out Monday’s game due to a wrist injury and is listed as day-to-day. The Tigers have lost three straight and four of their last five but received some good news Monday as Jordan Zimmermann (groin) successfully completed a series of fielding drills and appears ready to rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Chicago White Sox. Justin Upton is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in his last two games as he continues to struggle at the plate for the Tigers, who have scored a total of six runs over their last three contests.
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Detroit, FSN West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 6.04 ERA) vs. Angels LH Hector Santiago (3-3, 4.58)
Sanchez has allowed 11 home runs in 53 2/3 innings, including two in Wednesday’s 8-5 loss to Philadelphia. The 32-year-old gave up six runs (three earned) with five strikeouts over six frames en route to his fourth straight loss. Albert Pujols is 7-for-22 with a home run against Sanchez, who is 0-3 with a 2.60 ERA in four career starts versus the Angels - including a strong seven-inning outing at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2015.
Santiago is looking to end the month on a high note after pitching a total of five innings and watching his ERA jump from 3.42 to 4.58 over his previous two outings. The 28-year-old allowed six runs (five earned) over 2 1/3 frames in Wednesday’s 15-9 defeat at Texas. J.D. Martinez is 3-for-9 with a home run against Santiago, who is 1-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 14 career games (seven starts) against the Tigers - including 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts last season.
1. The Angels activated Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list and optioned fellow RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.
2. The Tigers are 2-13 when they do not homer in a game.
3. Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian has allowed one earned run in his last 17 games covering 15 1/3 innings.
PREDICTION: Angels 6, Tigers 5