Quitely, the Texas Rangers have become the hottest team in baseball and will attempt to push their winning streak to 10 with a win in the series opener vs the Detroit Tigers tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Rangers as +136 road underdogs with a total of 8.5.
– Shark Bites
- The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five games after a loss.
- The UNDER is 13-3-2 in Verlander’s last 18 home starts.
- The Rangers are 7-0 in the last seven meetings in Detroit.
Texas got off to a slow start at 13-20 and reached a low point in a 5-1 loss to San Diego on May 8, but since then they’ve averaged 6.4 runs over the last 10 contests and have received some great efforts from the pitching staff in that span.
A.J. Griffin and Justin Verlander will get the start for the Rangers and Tigers, respectively. Griffin (4-0, 3.15 ERA) had a string of four straight wins end thanks to a no-decision against Oakland on Sunday when he was tagged for four runs and seven hits in five innings. The hurler has not had much success vs Detroit, going 1-2 with an 8.53 ERA and 30 hits allowed in 19 innings vs the Tigers.
Verlander (3-3, 4.47) saw his own streak of three straight quality starts end on Sunday when he was batted around for four runs on five hits and five walks in six innings vs the Angels. The former Cy Young Award winner is 9-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 17 career starts against Texas.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those going with the Detroit Tigers in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -148 at BetOnline for Saturday’s contest. The betting total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.
Odds – Shark prediction models pick the Rangers to win this game 6.0-3.8. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Texas Rangers vs Detroit Tigers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Detroit Tigers sport a record of 20-20 heading into this matchup, while the Texas Rangers sit at 23-20 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Texas injuries news.
This game puts the Detroit Tigers, most recently No. 18 in Odds – Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Texas Rangers, who rate a No. 9 in the latest survey.
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Detroit Tigers No. 11-ranked scoring average of 4.88 runs per game, against a Texas Rangers offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4.81 runs per game. The Tigers have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rangers hitters have managed (7.74 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.68 runs per game on the highway. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Rangers enjoyed a 5-3 victory at the expense of the Tigers on Friday, with N Martinez throwing 5 innings of 4-hit ball at Comerica Park.
- Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games
- Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games at home
- Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Texas
Next Betting Matchups
Texas at Detroit, Sunday, May 21st