Matchup: Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
Date/Time: Friday, July 12, 7:08 p.m. (ET)
Television: MLB Extra Innings
Money Line: Texas (+165) Detroit (-185)
Total Line: 9.5
The Rangers are 5-3 in their last eight games but coming off back-to-back losses to Baltimore on the road in which they were outscored 9-2. They are now a game behind Oakland in the AL West with an overall record of 53-39. Texas is an American League-best 26-20 on the road and the total has stayed UNDER in three of its last five games.
The big bats in this lineup have been pretty quiet the last two games; however the Rangers did belt a total of 41 runs in their previous six outings. Overall, they are ranked ninth in the AL in scoring with an average of 4.4 runs a game. Texas is ranked second in the league in pitching with a team ERA of 3.71. It will go with Justin Grimm in Game 1 of this three-game weekend set. The right-hander is 7-6 on the year with a 5.88 ERA. He held the Tigers to two runs in 6 2/3 innings back on May 18 in a win at home.
Detroit dropped two out of three games to the White Sox this week at home, but it is still 7-3 in its last 10 games. An overall record of 50-41 has it 2.5 games ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central. The Tigers are 27-18 at home this season and the total has gone OVER in five of their last six games.
This is another team that knows how to get runners across the plate with an average 5.1 runs a game, which is second-most in the AL. The Tigers’ pitching staff has also done a good job this season with a 3.89 team ERA. Look for Doug Fister to get the start on Friday night. The right-hander has gotten banged around in his last two starts after getting tagged for four runs in the first inning of each game. Overall he is 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA. Lifetime against Texas he is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA.
Free MLB Pick
The Tigers come into this game as pretty heavy favorites at home on the money line but I like the fact that Texas is 6-2 in its last eight games as an underdog on the road. The free MLB pick in this matchup is to go with favorable line on the Rangers as they get the early edge in this series with another road win.
Texas 6 Detroit 4
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