Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Texas Rangers will head north to face the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Detroit will be airing this AL showdown.

Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Detroit (+100) as the underdog to Texas (-110). The total is sitting at 10 runs and bettors can take the over for -115 or the under for -105. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at +135 for the Rangers -1.5 runs and -155 for the Tigers +1.5.

The Tigers are 47-40 against the spread (ATS), but only 38-50 straight up (SU). The team’s gained 1.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.4 units (ATS). The Rangers, on the other hand, have gone 38-49 SU this year and are 41-45 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 1.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 7.8 units ATS.

Tigers games have an over/under record of 35-50-2 so far in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 39-41-6.

Yovani Gallardo is getting the nod for the visiting Rangers. The right-handed Gallardo (2-0, 9.00 ERA) has racked up 16 punchouts in 19 innings so far. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers will turn to lefty Matthew Boyd (4-6, 4.18 ERA) to the mound. Boyd has 76 strikeouts and 35 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.21. Boyd only made one start against the Rangers in 2017 (0-1, 6.75 ERA and three strikeouts across 5.1 innings).

Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.32 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.77 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.67, along with a WHIP of 1.44.

The Rangers offense has slashed .239/.325/.400 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Texas’ hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara, who collectively have blasted 31 home runs. Choo is hitting .289/.399/.494 with 16 home runs, 41 RBIs and 51 runs scored, while Mazara (.274/.332/.467) has produced 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.21, a WHIP of 1.27 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.69 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Detroit offense is putting up 4.0 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .263/.304/.427 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias have led the Tigers’ offense this year. Castellanos is slashing .309/.358/.525 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 47 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .273/.311/.382 with 80 hits, 31 RBIs, 28 runs and 12 steals.

The Rangers have lost 0.1 units and are 14-14 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 7.6 units and are 32-33 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 23 of those games, compared to 40 that went under.

Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in six of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • Detroit has recorded 19.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.0 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.