Game Preview: Tigers @ Angels – 5/29/15 7:05pm Pacific

Tigers at Angels

 

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

Pitching Matchup:

Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.12 ERA)

Anibal Sanchez throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 3, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Anibal Sanchez throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 3, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (3-3, 2.47 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the 2nd inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 7, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 7, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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.

Game Notes:

  • 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.

Starting Lineups:

Detroit:
  1. CF-Rajai Davis – .267
  2. 2B-Ian Kinsler – .278
  3. 1B-Miguel Cabrera – .329
  4. LF-Yoenis Cespedes – .285
  5. RF-J.D. Martinez – .256
  6. C-James McCann – .290
  7. DH-Nick Castellanos – .239
  8. 3B-Hernan Perez – .067
  9. SS-Jose Iglesias – .333
Angels:
  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .271
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .296
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .238
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .282
  5. 3B-David Freese – .226
  6. DH-Matt Joyce – .187
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .178
  8. LF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .079
  9. SS-Taylor Featherston – .042

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