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Major League Baseball Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

The Los Angeles Angels are on the road tonight as they take on the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball action. The game is scheduled for a 7:08 p.m. start time and it will be televised live in both markets. Currently the odds for the game have the Angels favored to pick up the win on the road.

It's by a bit of a surprise that both Detroit and Los Angeles have been two of the biggest disappointments this season. With tons of talent on both squads and big payrolls, each of these teams were supposed to be playing for playoff spots.

The Angels could have a shot. They're five games back in the American League West and six games outside of the Wild Card. Just last week the Tigers sat 3.5 games outside of a potential second Wild Car spot but now they find themselves 10 games back.

Detroit led at Cincinnati by five runs last night, but ended the inning trailing by five runs and ultimately lost 12-5. It's tough to see this team hanging around or making any sort of impact as the season comes to a close. 

It's also probably worth it to fade Alfredo Simon tonight. In his last start he threw a complete game, one-hit shutout over Texas. Simon struck out five and only walked two in his best start of the season, giving the Tigers maybe a slim chance at playing for something the rest of the season. Since then, though, Detroit has dropped four straight and is fading fast. Current Angels own an average of .286 against Simon in 49 at bats. Erick Aybar has two home runs, Mike Trout has three hits (two doubles) in four plate appearances.

Jered Weaver hasn't had the best season and he's been hit on the road. But how much does Detroit really have left? Current Tigers own a .242 average against him in 194 at bats. Ian Kinsler has homered three times, Miguel Cabrera owns a home run as well.

Free Pick: Angels

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