David Price seeks to win his fourth consecutive decision when the
Detroit Tigers close a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels
on Sunday. Price’s lone loss came April 22 and that marks the only
time Detroit has lost one of his 10 starts this season.
Price defeated Oakland in his last turn when he pitched seven innings of
five-hit ball and the Tigers will hope he fares significantly better
than Saturday starter Shane Greene. The Angels hit a season-high five
homers off Greene in 1 2/3 innings while building a seven-run lead and
notched an 8-6 victory that puts them in position to sweep the four-game
set Sunday. Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols has homered in all
three games of the series and is 5-for-10 with six RBIs. Detroit has
lost six of its last eight games and has slipped to three games behind
first-place Kansas City in the American League Central.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
LINE HISTORY: The Halos opened +115, but that line has since hopped the fence to -103.
INJURY REPORT: Tigers – A. Simon (probable), K. Lobstein (15-day DL), V. Martinez (15-day DL), A. Avila (15-day DL), J. Verlander (15-day DL), B. Rondon (15-day DL), J. Nathan (out for season). Angels – E. Aybar (questionable), C. Cowgill (15-day DL), M. Morin (15-day DL), C. Rasmus (60-day DL), T. Skaggs (out for season).
HOT FAN WAR:
Price struck out just three against Oakland after fanning 21 over his
previous two outings. He has allowed five or fewer hits on six occasions
but also has had starts in which he allowed 13 and 10 hits. Price is
4-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 career starts against the Angels.
has just one victory over his last seven starts but turned in a strong
performance in his last outing. The 28-year-old pitched seven innings of
four-hit shutout ball in a no-decision against San Diego, marking the
third time in five starts that he allowed four or fewer hits. Shoemaker
beat the Tigers with seven innings of three-hit shutout ball last July
26 in his lone career start against them.
*Tigers are 5-0 in Prices last 5 road starts.
*Tigers are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
*Angels are 1-4 in Shoemakers last 5 starts.
*Angels are 21-8 in their last 29 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Per Covers Consensus, 63 percent of the action is on the Motor City Kitties.