Apr 18, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) receives congratulations from right fielder Collin Cowgill (7) and center fielder Mike Trout (27) after he hit a three run home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game No. 17: Los Angeles Angels (8-8) vs. Detroit Tigers (7-6)

Last night’s victory over the Detroit Tigers nearly hit every target for what a playoff team should be. The Angels’ relentless offensive attack-led by Howie Kendrick’s two home runs- rattled Detroit pitchers throughout, giving Jered Weaver more than enough to work with. Weaver earned his for win of the season after scattering three hits over six innings.

The Angels have momentum heading into Saturday’s matinee with the Tigers, but it may come to an end in facing defending AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. C.J. Wilson takes the mound against Scherzer and looks to extend the Angels’ 10-game winning streak against Detroit.

Pitching Matchup: C.J. Wilson (2-1, 3.92 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.70 ERA)

Aside from an abysmal outing against Seattle, Wilson’s consistency has resulted in consecutive wins. He’s 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in day games with victories over Houston and the New York Mets, only allowing three earned runs in the span. More impressive is his career-high 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. It’s a small sample but one that displays Wilson’s consistency.

Wilson has always struggled in the motor city. In seven career appearances at Comerica Park, the left hander has given up 19 earned runs in just over 20 innings. Overall, Wilson is 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA lifetime against the AL Central champs.

Scherzer’s 0-1 is deceiving. He’s allowed six runs through 20 innings; three of those runs came in one inning against the San Diego Padres last week. Scherzer’s pinpoint control is intact, along with his overpowering fastball. He held the Halo batters two runs over eight innings Sept. 7, 2012, receiving a no-decision in his last outing against the Angels.

Walk offs:

  1. Scherzer is the last Tiger to notch a victory over the Angels, getting a win on Aug. 26, 2012.
  2. Albert Pujols is three home runs shy of the 500 mark.
  3. Last night was Kendrick’s sixth career multi-homer game.

Forecast: Scattered clouds, temperature in the low-50s

TV: 10:08 a.m. PST, FS1

Radio: KLAA 830, 97.1 The Ticket (Detroit)

Tags: C.J. Wilson Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels

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