Angels-Tigers: Tigers turn to Verlander to stop skid

The Detroit News
Tigers' starting pitcher Justin Verlander owns a 0.45 ERA over his last three starts.

Things are looking up for the Tigers, thanks to a five-game losing streak.

And that’s not a good thing.

The Tigers are looking up at nearly everyone else in the American League Central, where they’re tied with the Indians for last place in the division, a half-game behind the White Sox, after Tuesday night’s 8-7 loss to the Angels.

The Tigers will turn to Justin Verlander in the second game of the series on Wednesday night to try and make up some ground. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.

The Angels are fighting for a wild-card berth, just a half-game behind the Rangers for the second spot. The Tigers, mathematically, are in the hunt as well at 51/2, but are chasing a handful of teams just to catch Wednesday’s opponent.

Verlander will be counted on to try and give the Tigers’ bats a chance against the Angels. In their last two losses, Tigers pitching has allowed 20 runs on 22 hits. He’s been brilliant in his last three starts, fashioning a 0.45 ERA (one earned run) over 20 innings, though he doesn’t have a win to show for it.

Ian Kinsler is back in the Tigers lineup, hitting second.

Angels lineup

1. Kole Calhoun, RF

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Albert Pujols, 1B

4. David Murphy, LF

5. Erick Aybar, SS

6. C.J. Cron, DH

7. Chris Iannetta, C

8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B

9. Ryan Jackson, 2B

SP: Hector Santiago, LHP (7-7, 2.91 ERA)

Tigers lineup

1. Rajai Davis, LF

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B

7. James McCann, C

8. Jose Iglesias, SS

9. Anthony Gose, CF

SP: Justin Verlander, RHP (1-6, 3.86 ERA)