Friday, May 12 vs. Detroit
Probables- Matt Shoemaker vs. Jordan Zimmermann
The pitching matchup in game two is a total flip from game one. These two pitchers have combined to give up 17 home runs this season. Jordan Zimmermann has been having a dreadful year for the Tigers. He has posted a 6.21 ERA over six starts, yet somehow sits at 3-1 on the season. He allowed three big flies in his last start, and four earned runs total. Albert Pujols is 4-7 against Zimmermann with two home runs in his career. Mike Trout has yet to face Zimmermann, and can hopefully get off to a hot start against him on Friday.
The Angels will send Matt Shoemaker to the mound, hoping for a turnaround. He has been slightly better than Zimmermann on the year, posting a 5.21 ERA on the year. This is usually the time of year in which Shoemaker recovers from his April blues and turns into a quality pitcher, but his two starts in May have not bee great. He has allowed eight runs over his two starts and given up three home runs. Shoemaker has found some success against Detroit in his career though. Detroit batters have a .179 career batting average against Shoemaker, and have yet to take him deep. Hopefully Shoemaker can continue his effectiveness against the Tigers and turn his season around.
Prediction: Angels 7, Detroit 3