Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Texas Rangers will try to avoid dropping their fourth consecutive game they play host to the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest will be airing this AL matchup.

Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have offered equal -105 moneyline odds on each team. The total sits at 9.5 runs and bettors can wager on either the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds coming in at Tigers -1.5 runs (+140) and Rangers 1.5 runs (-160).

The Rangers are 13-23 SU and 15-20 ATS. The team has lost 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.2 units against the spread (ATS). Texas has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, have gone 14-19 SU this year and are 17-15 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 1.8 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 0.8 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven.

Texas games have a 19-14-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Detroit has been a decent under bet with a total record of 13-19.

Michael Fulmer is getting the nod for Detroit. The right-handed Fulmer is 1-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 9.00 ERA and two strikeouts over five innings).

The Rangers are putting the ball in the left hand of Matt Moore (1-4, 7.67 ERA), who has 18 strikeouts and 13 walks as well as a 1.91 WHIP. Moore did not record a start against the Tigers in 2017.

As a unit, Texas pitchers have yielded 5.4 runs per game overall this year. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.20, a WHIP of 1.48 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.61 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Texas offense is putting up 4.0 runs per contest, including 5.0 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .209/.263/.417 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that span.

First baseman Joey Gallo and outfielder Nomar Mazara have led the way for the Rangers offense so far. Gallo is slashing .223/.303/.531 with 12 home runs, 24 RBIs and 22 runs scored, while Mazara is batting .278 with seven homers, 23 RBIs and 18 runs.

Mazara performed well against righties at home last year, slashing .312/.379/.526 over 240 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .253/.323/.422).

In the visiting dugout, Detroit’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.01 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.75, along with a K/9 of 8.30.

The Tigers offense has slashed .257/.318/.407 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

First baseman Miguel Cabrera and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos have led Detroit’s offense. Cabrera is slashing .323/.407/.516 with three home runs, 21 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Castellanos is hitting .311/.364/.492 with three homers, 21 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

Cabrera performed well against lefty pitching on the road in 2017, maintaining a slash line of .316/.451/.456 across 71 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .249/.329/.397).

The Tigers have lost 1.6 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in four of those games, as opposed to one that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 0.1 units and are 11-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 12 of those games, compared to 12 which went under the total.

Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers Free Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The Tigers have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 19 over their last 10.
  • Detroit has posted 21.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 25.2 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have lost four of their last five games SU.