Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
The Texas Rangers look to take a 2-0 ALCS lead with a win over the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Rangers Ballpark. The Rangers are -130 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Tigers dropped a 3-2 decision to Texas Saturday night in a rain interrupted game one. Offensively minded Detroit had plenty of opportunities to break this game open but didn’t get a key hit with numerous chances going by the wayside. The Tigers posted seven hits and walked six times but left nine men on base. Ramon Santiago swung the big bat with three hits in four chances but only had one run scored to show for his efforts. Ace Justin Verlander struggle through four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in the second time his start in the postseason was cut short by the weather. The Tigers send out right hander Max Scherzer to even the series and has a great shot of doing just that if he can duplicate his performance against the Yankees in the ALDS. Scherzer threw six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while striking out five in a big turn around from a slow end to the season.
Texas made the most of a limited offensive performance in defeating Justin Verlander and Detroit 3-2 in game number one of their ALCS. The Rangers actually hit the ball well against the Detroit ace but did little after his early exit because of the rain. Five of the Rangers six hits and both walks came against Verlander which proved to be just enough with left hander CJ Wilson surviving 4.2 innings after being in constant trouble . Wilson allowed both Tigers runs on six hits and five walks. His best friend was the double play and strikeout of which he had six with all coming at opportune times. The Rangers send lefty Derek Holland to the hill hoping for less drama on the mound than we saw in the opener with Wilson. Holland defeated Tampa Bay 8-6 in game two of the ALDS. Holland allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work. He has been one of the hotter members of the rotation with seven wins out of his last ten starts.
I’m not a big fan of the Tigers rotation overall especially after Verlander and Fister but Scherzer is capable if he brings his ‘A’ game. Holland is also highly capable and has gotten great support to close 2011. Both offenses blew chances Saturday and I’m not so sure that happens again but with Detroit missing a few key bats I’m looking at Texas once again.
Texas Rangers -135 Detroit Tigers