Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Detroit Tigers (28-21, 3rd AL Central) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (24-24, 2nd AL West)
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 73F, Winds SW 7mph, 0% Chance of Rain
TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza
Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston
Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.12 ERA)
Sanchez has faced some uncharacteristic struggles so far in 2015, particularly with the long ball. In his 10 starts so far, he’s thrown a total of 60 1/3 innings giving up 41 earned runs on 63 hits, 11 of which have been home runs. Sanchez gave up just 4 home runs in the entire 2014 season. He does still have his strikeout pitch working however, as he’s fanned 59 batters in those 60 1/3 innings. His last start on Sunday was a microchasm of his season so far, as he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits (2 HR) in 5 2/3 innings, but also struck out 11 batters along the way.
Hector Santiago (3-3, 2.47 ERA)
Santiago has been quite a bright spot in the Angel rotation so far this season. In his 9 starts spanning 54 2/3 innings, he’s given up just 15 earned runs on 45 hits while striking out 50. He has struggled with the long ball a bit though, having surrendered 6 homers so far. In his last outing on Sunday, he held the Red Sox to 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but took the loss nonetheless.
- The two biggest bats in this series haven’t had much success against Friday’s starters. Miguel Cabrera has a .111 average (1-for-9) against Santiago, and Mike Trout is hitting .143 (1-for-7) against Sanchez, although the hit was a home run.
- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Thursday that new acquisition Kirk Nieuwenhuis could start Friday’s game.
- Though Cabrera’s right ankle will probably be sore after taking a C.J. Wilson pitch off it on Thursday, he’ll likely remain in the Tigers’ lineup at first base as long as he can move.
- CF-Rajai Davis – .267
- 2B-Ian Kinsler – .278
- 1B-Miguel Cabrera – .329
- LF-Yoenis Cespedes – .285
- RF-J.D. Martinez – .256
- C-James McCann – .290
- DH-Nick Castellanos – .239
- 3B-Hernan Perez – .067
- SS-Jose Iglesias – .333