Angels-Tigers Preview

Mike Trout may be a rookie, but he’s the AL’s top hitter.

The Detroit Tigers are learning why.

After leading the Los Angeles Angels to their most lopsided road

win in more than eight years, Trout looks to continue his torrid

hitting and spark another victory over the Tigers on Wednesday

night.

Trout leads the AL with a .355 average and 30 stolen bases,

while his 64 runs scored rank among the major league leaders.

The All-Star outfielder appears on his way to joining Tim Salmon

(1993) as the only Angels (50-41) to be named AL Rookie of the

Year.

Trout, who turns 21 next month, has been on a tear over the last

23 games, hitting .417 with seven homers and 28 runs scored.

He put on another impressive display Tuesday, going 4 for 6 with

a homer, two RBIs and three runs in a 13-0 rout of Detroit (47-44).

It was Los Angeles’ most lopsided road victory since beating the

Dodgers by the same score June 25, 2004.

The Angels’ 18 hits and five homers against the Tigers were

season highs. They’ve totaled 10 homers and 29 runs while winning

two of their last three games.

Albert Pujols is 7 for 13 with two homers and four RBIs in those

contests, while Mark Trumbo is 11 for 31 with six home runs and 10

RBIs over his last eight games.

Los Angeles may not need to do much offensively with C.J. Wilson

(9-5, 2.43 ERA) scheduled to get the ball.

The left-hander is 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA in his last eight road

starts, and seemed headed for another victory Friday before the

bullpen surrendered four runs in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss at

New York. He exited after the seventh, yielding two runs and

striking out seven.

Wilson has yet to face the Tigers since joining the Angels, but

including postseason he went 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in nine

appearances – three starts – against Detroit while with Texas. His

last appearance versus the Tigers was a loss in Game 5 of last

October’s AL championship series, as he surrendered six runs and

three homers in six innings.

The Tigers will try to re-ignite their offense after being held

to four hits Tuesday. They had 11 in Monday’s 8-6 victory to open

this four-game series.

Detroit has won eight of 10, batting .292 with 15 homers and 56

runs in that stretch.

Miguel Cabrera, who was 1 for 3 Tuesday, is hitting .410 with

four homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs over the last 10 games. He’s 3

for 8 with a pair of doubles versus Wilson.

The Tigers will turn to Doug Fister (3-6, 4.39), who has won his

last two starts after losing his previous three with a bloated

10.05 ERA. The right-hander – who used to pitch for AL West rival

Seattle – is well aware of what the Angels can do.

“This whole lineup, top to bottom, is very good. It doesn’t give

us any breaks,” Fister, who is 0-3 with a 4.54 ERA in his last five

outings against the Angels, told the Tigers’ official website.

“There aren’t any pitches we can take off. It’s really a focus that

we have to stay on top of our game from the first pitch on.”

Fister’s latest performance was one of his best of the year. He

equaled his season high with eight strikeouts while yielding one

run and three hits in seven innings of Friday’s 7-2 victory at

Baltimore.