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Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers will head north to play the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Fox Sports Detroit will be showing this AL matchup and the game gets going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Las Vegas has Detroit (+115) as the underdog to Texas (-125). If you’re thinking this game’s total is going to go under 9.5 runs, then bookmakers are putting up +105 odds. Picking the over can give you -125 odds. There’s a runline of Rangers -1.5 (+120) and Tigers +1.5 (-140) for this matchup.

The Rangers have gone 42-36 SU this year and are 47-31 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 15.3 units for moneyline bettors and 12.6 units ATS. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 26-47 SU and 32-41 ATS. They’ve lost 11.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 12.3 units ATS.

Neither side has been a strong over/under play this year. Detroit games have had an over/under record of 33-35-5 thus far in 2019. Rangers games have gone under 39 times, gone over 38 times and pushed on one occasion.

Jesse Chavez will get the nod for the visiting Rangers. The right-handed Chavez is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Tigers are handing the ball to righty Jordan Zimmermann (0-4, 6.03 ERA), who has 25 strikeouts and 12 walks as well as a 1.37 WHIP. Zimmermann only made one start against the Rangers in 2018 (1-0, 1.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts across eight innings).

Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.07 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 8.56 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.67, along with a K-per-9 of 8.16.

Rangers hitters have slashed .257/.336/.450 on their way to 5.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo continue to lead Texas’ hitters. The speedy Andrus is slashing .304/.340/.464 with seven home runs, 43 RBIs, 44 runs and 16 stolen bases, while Choo (.289/.388/.505) is up to 12 homers, 32 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

For the home team, Detroit’s pitching staff has allowed 5.4 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.75, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4. The bullpen has a 5.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.8 K/9.

The Detroit hitters are putting up 3.5 runs per outing, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .250/.303/.395 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers’ hitters have been led by Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos is slashing .269/.328/.452 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Cabrera’s line is .296/.359/.389 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 17 runs.

The Rangers have gained 11.9 units and are 31-23 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 26 of those games, as opposed to 28 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 14.2 units and are 24-37 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 25 of those games, compared to 32 that went under.

Rangers at Tigers Free Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in four of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Tigers have dropped eight of their last nine games SU.
  • Texas has posted 22.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 25.4 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • The Rangers have a team OPS of .786 this season and an OPS of .812 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Tigers’ OPS sits at .672 overall and .660 versus righties.