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The Texas Rangers will be taking on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Fox Sports Southwest will showcase this AL matchup and the game is slated to get going at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Detroit (-115) is favored over Texas (+105) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this day game at 9 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). The games current runline odds stand at -200 for picking the Rangers +1.5 runs and +170 for the Tigers -1.5 runs.

The Tigers are 48-42 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 40-51 straight up (SU). They’ve gained 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 2.0 units (ATS). Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Rangers are 39-51 SU and have gone 43-46 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 2.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 6.3 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Tigers games have had an over/under record of 36-52-2 so far in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 40-43-6.

Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx is the projected starter for the visiting Rangers. Bibens-Dirkx is 1-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers are going with righty Michael Fulmer (3-7, 4.22 ERA), who’s got 85 punchouts and 33 walks, as well as a 1.28 WHIP. Fulmer is 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 7.94 ERA in one start against Texas this year.

As a unit, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.21, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.3. The bullpen has a 4.59 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Detroit offense has put up 4.0 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .271/.322/.424 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers offense has been led by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .301/.352/.518 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 49 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .273/.310/.382 with 83 hits, 32 RBIs, 29 runs and 12 steals.

For the visitors, Texas pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.33 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.70 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.56, along with a WHIP of 1.45 and a K/9 of 8.36.

Rangers hitters have slashed .238/.322/.399 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Texas offense has been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara, who collectively have swatted 32 home runs. Choo is hitting .294/.402/.509 with 17 home runs, 42 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Mazara (.270/.327/.456) has produced 15 homers, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

The Rangers have lost 3.0 units and are 28-32 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 24 of those games, compared to 33 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 7.7 units and are 33-34 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 24 of those games, as opposed to 41 which went under the total.

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Each teams has logged 14 extra-base hits over its last five outings.
  • The Rangers have lost five of their last six games SU.
  • Texas fielders have committed six errors over their last five games, compared to three errors for Detroit over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Tigers have hit 12 over their last 10.