Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers finish off their series at Comerica Park with an afternoon game on Thursday. The Rangers are -150 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 9.
After winning again on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers have a chance at the sweep on Thursday in a possible post season preview against the Rangers. On Wednesday Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn both homered as Raburn collected three hit overall and Avila and Miguel Cabrera each had two to pace the Tigers offense that scored five runs off of 10 hits. On the mound newly acquired Doug Fister allowed eight hits and three runs, two of them earned, over seven innings of work to earn his first win as a Tiger and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth inning to earn his 30th save. For Thursday afternoon’s game Detroit starts Brad Penny who has lost both of his last two starts. For the season Penny has allowed 145 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 53 in 127 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers dogfight in the American league West continues with the Los Angeles Angels but they have done nothing to help their cause in Detroit this series. On Tuesday Mike Napoli homered in the ninth inning, and Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each had two hits as the Rangers scored four runs off of 10 hits. Starter Matt Harrison has allowed nine hits and four earned runs while striking out three over six innings of work to take his eighth loss of the season. For Thursday’s series finale Alexi Ogando gets the start for Texas as he tries to end a person two game losing streak. For the season Ogando has allowed 98 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 93 in 125 innings of work.
Detroit is 1-4 in their last five game three of a series, 17-8 in their last 25 home games against a right handed starter, and 1-4 in Penny’s last five starts against the American League West. Texas is 16-6 in their last 22 games against a right handed starter, 2-6 in their last eight against the A.L. Central, and 7-0 in Ogando’s last seven starts against the A.L. Central. Texas is 1-6 in the last seven meetings of these two.
Each pitcher comes in off of a losing streak so it’s advantage hitters on two teams who hit the ball well. I’m taking the over 9 here.