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MLB Betting Free Pick: Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers

FREE PICK: Los Angeles Angels (Canning) at Detroit Tigers (Norris)

#922 UNDER 9 (Tuesday, May 7 @ 7:10 pm EST)

Los Angeles’ Griffin Canning made his much-anticipated MLB debut last week and didn’t disappoint. Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy had this to say about Canning’s effort: “Being blunt and honest, that’s probably one of the best debuts I’ve ever caught.” Canning ran out of steam late but not before he retired the first 10 batters and fanned five batters in a row. One of MLB’s top overall prospects, Canning should have continued success as he faces the league for the first time.

Detroit’s Daniel Norris was once a highly touted prospect but injuries have limited him to be a sometimes-viable middle-of-the-rotation starter. Norris is still be “stretched out” after starting the season in the bullpen. In his three starts — all of which lasted five innings — Norris managed to post 15 strikeouts to go with a 3.00 ERA. Like a lot of middle-tier arms, it’s all about the matchup for Norris and tonight is a favorable one against a weak Angels’ lineup. Norris and Canning also have the benefit of some pitcher-friend weather with temperatures expected to be in the mid-40’s at game time. And with Monday off, both bullpens should be in good shape in the later innings. With 9’s available, let’s bet the under.

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