Sunday, May 14 vs. Detroit
Probables- Alex Meyer vs. Justin Verlander
The Angels will face off against Justin Verlander in the final meeting between these two teams. While Verlander is no longer his Cy Young/MVP self, he is still a threat anytime he steps on the mound. His 4.21 ERA is inflated due to an outing in which he allowed nine earned runs over four innings. If that outing is erased, his ERA lowers to 2.23. In his career against the Angels, he has found mixed results. He has allowed a collective .181 batting average to Angels batters, but has struggled against a couple of them. Mike Trout is 1-15 against Verlander, with that lone hit come as a big fly while Albert Pujols is 7-21 with a home run as well.
Alex Meyer is the best bet to make Sunday’s start, but if he has a poor outing earlier in the week, someone else could be called upon to make a spot start. Daniel Wright, he threw five innings of shutout baseball in a spot start earlier this season. Yusmeiro Petit could throw four or five innings instead of coming out the bullpen for one day. The Angels have options in terms of starting pitchers, something they have had to utilize the past few seasons.
Whoever does make the start will be fighting an uphill battle, as facing Verlander is no easy task for any pitcher.
Prediction- Tigers 6, Angels 2