Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

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The Detroit Tigers are set to host the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. This AL matchup will get going at 4:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the game.

Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers Odds

Texas (-120) is favored over Detroit (+110) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs (-115 for the under and -105 for the over). The games most recent runline odds stand at +125 for picking the Rangers -1.5 runs and -145 for the Tigers +1.5 runs.

The Tigers are 47-42 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 39-51 straight up (SU). The teams lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units (ATS). Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Rangers are 39-50 SU and have gone 43-45 ATS. In total, the teams lost 1.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 5.3 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Tigers games have an over/under record of 36-51-2 so far in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 40-42-6.

Southpaw Cole Hamels is projected to start for the visiting Rangers. Hamels (4-7, 4.05 ERA) has recorded 104 strikeouts in 102.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 6.00 ERA and four strikeouts across six innings).

The Tigers are turning to righty Mike Fiers (5-5, 3.79 ERA), who has 68 punchouts and 20 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Fiers is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA in one start against Texas this year.

As a unit, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have an ERA of 4.24, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.3. The bullpen has a 4.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Detroit hitters are putting up 4.0 runs per contest, including 3.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .249/.274/.379 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Tigers offense has been led by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .302/.352/.513 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 48 runs scored, and Iglesias is hitting .270 with 81 hits, 31 RBIs, 28 runs and 12 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Texas pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.68 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.65, along with a WHIP of 1.43.

The Rangers offense has slashed .238/.322/.399 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 5.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have paced Texas hitters. Choo is slashing .291/.401/.503 with 17 home runs, 42 RBIs and 52 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .271/.328/.459 with 15 homers, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

The Rangers have lost 1.9 units and are 28-31 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 32 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 8.3 units and are 15-8 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 11 that’ve gone under.

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Texas last seven games.
  • The Rangers have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Tigers have hit 11 over their last 10.
  • Detroit has recorded 18.2 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.0 over its last five.