MLB Betting at BetAnySports — Tigers Send Enigmatic Verlander to Mound vs. Angels

When you look at the starting staff of the Detroit Tigers, clearly it looks as if they have enough arms to make their way to the World Series. And they are getting some respect from the oddsmakers at BetAnySports, who have made them +575 to go all the way. But the guy who could really make a difference between them being a playoff team and a champion will take the starting assignment on Saturday night, when they take on the Los Angeles Angels in MLB betting action that is set to begin at 9:05 PM ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

The Tigers will go with Justin Verlander, who has a 9-8 record but has not been able to keep enough people off base to do better, as he has a 4.78 ERA. Rookie Matt Shoemaker (6-2, 4.37 ERA) is the starter for the Angels.

With a six-game lead in the American League Central, the Tigers have the biggest cushion of any team in the majors. Meanwhile, the Angels have the second best record in the big leagues, but they are two games behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West, so it could be that the best they can hope for is a one-off wild card game.

In the MLB betting odds that have been posted at BetAnySports on this game, the Angels are favored:

Baseball betting lines courtesy of BetAnySports USA Sportsbook

Los Angeles Angels (Shoemaker – R) -117
Detroit Tigers (Verlander – R) +107

Under 8.5 Runs -115
Over 8.5 Runs -105

Verlander was at one time the most dominant pitcher in the big leagues, but that has changed. Certainly he has been good enough to win a Cy Young Award, as well as three strikeout titles, but he simply hasn’t done the job this season, and what is particularly noticeable is the fact that he has fanned only 101 batters in 135-2/3 innings. Of course, the 4.85 ERA sticks out to MLB betting fans as well.

Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander 2014

Shoemaker was looking for a while like he might be a candidate to be at least a contender for the top three in the rookie of the year balloting. What has been so notable about him is the way he has controlled his pitches. On the season he has 72 strikeouts against just fifteen walks. But despite the good fortune the Angels have had, Shoemaker has not been that effective lately. He was blasted out of the game against Kansas City on June 27, and even though he came back and pitched relatively well against Houston six days later (allowing two runs in six innings), he gave up a pair of homers in his last start against Baltimore, yielding four runs in 5-2/3 frames. He did have some command, however, striking out ten Orioles without a walk. maybe that is a factor for BetAnySports patrons to consider, although favoring a rookie against a Cy Young winner can be risky business.

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With four wins in their last six games, the Tigers have shown a little more life in the short term than have the Angels, who have dropped three of their last five. In terms of other trends that should be of interest to MLB bettors is the fact that Detroit has played six of its last eight games over the total, and the Angels have won seven of the last eight meetings they have had against the Tigers. Verlander, by the way, has not faced Los Angeles since 2012, while Shoemaker has never made a start against the Tigers.

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